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What makes you angry? Get it off your chest so we can laugh at your impotent rage.

(, Thu 1 May 2008, 23:12)
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Percentage abuse
It really annoys me when people say rubbish like "I gave it 110%".

You can't give it more than 100%. Fact.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:14, 9 replies)
The Apprentice
is by a long way the worst for this. Someone said they would give 150% last week. What?
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:16, closed)
Not always
My sister's become convinced that percentages above 100 simply don't exist.

So if I, for example, have £100, and I gain £200, and I call it a 200% increase, her mind can't handle this, and is insistent that 100% is the maximum percentage.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:18, closed)
Aye... You can give 150% of a previous figure or delivery for example... last week you blew 4 goats, this week you're seeing 50% more goaty-action: 150% of last weeks' action, and shall be blowing 6 goats.

Saying that above 100% doesn't exist is like saying you can't go above 1:1 ratio... Of course you can.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:29, closed)
While percentages above 100
Do exist, would it not be fair to say that you can only give 100% of your own effort? Like if I have a cake and I offer it to you, I can give you any percentage of that cake up to 100%, but not more?

Whereas sales of cakes can increase, say 300% over a period of time...

Oh fuck, I just bored myself with that explanation. Sorry, nothing to see here, move on.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:32, closed)
Of course, there's a limit
to how much one can give or take, percentage-wise, of a finite number of.. something...

Like.. I could blow 4 goats of a ten-goat herd; I could increase that to 150%, and make it six goats.. but I couldn't blow 150% of the herd.

That'd hurt my throat.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:38, closed)
Bad figure of speech
"Giving 100%" is a pretty bad expression to use in any case - if you ever could give 100% effort you'd logically be dead afterwards.
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 16:54, closed)
are for thickos who can't deal with decimal points. Why don't we simply say 'I'm blowing 1.5 times the number of goats I blew last week'. I concede that the phrase 'I'm giving it 1' rather than 'I'm giving it 100%' is open to misinterpretation....

Oh God! It's only Wednesday and already I'm talking about blowing multiples of goats. Can this really not wait until a Friday night in the pub!? Damn you all! :)
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 18:16, closed)
The phrase
"I'm giving it 1" is classic.

"My effort is approaching unity"
(, Wed 7 May 2008, 18:22, closed)
This is a bit late so I doubt anyones gonna read this
But the point is you are going beyond what you previously thoguht was your maximum effort.

For example I read in Take a Break one day that a mans daughter got trapped under a car. Naturally an average sized man would not be able to lift a car to free the girl. But by producing 150% effort he managed to budge it just enough for the girl to move free.

You know what I mean anyway
(, Thu 8 May 2008, 10:38, closed)

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