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Confusing with words

Saturday, 25 April 2009 | 0 Comments

I wonder how often maths teachers make confusing statements like this in class: screenshot

Single aged pensioners may lose one-third of an expected $30-a-week increase in the May 12 budget. [emphasis mine, front page of on 26th April 2009]

What they actually mean is that the expected increase will be $20.

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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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