Let’s talk about approximations. Ok, guilty guilty guilty. I see (and do) this all the time.

“There were approximately 4,567 people at the ball game yesterday.”
“Approximately 38 people attended my party, I’m not sure whether to count the monkey hanging from the rafters.”
“It is approximately 4:32 p.m. and 24 seconds.”
“You have approximately 18 hours and 37 minutes to complete the task.”

Just to clarify, we all know the appropriate approximations, do we not?

“There were approximately 4,600 (or 4,570 or 4,500) people at the ball game yesterday.”
“Approximately 40 people attended my party, give or take a monkey in the rafters.”
“It is approximately 4:35 p.m.” (always round up on time or everyone will be late just like me.)
“You have approximately 18 and a half hours to complete the task.”

I find that if you read my blog in a British accent, some parts are mildly funny even when not intended. I also find that I write with a British accent in my head lately for no reason at all. Just wanted to share.

5 Responses to approximate

  1. I do the British accent thing myself actually. I’ve even taken to using British swears because they sound more classy (I’ll refrain from listing my swears of preference so you won’t have to sissify them).

    Occasionally I like to use the accent when ordering in the drive thru, at gas stations, or in other brief exchange situations where I don’t have to keep the accent on for more than a few sentences. You should try it, it’s fun.

  2. That’s funny. I always tease my wife for being so specific in her approximations. The only time she rounds like a normal person is when she’s underestimating how much money she’s spent… But it’s cute.

  3. The British accent thing . . . comes from watching Harry Potter movies then when you read the books, you use that accent while reading. So it’s natch to carry over to any other type written form as well. Just guessin’

  4. Great. Now, whenever I read your blog, I will hear that chick from the Orbit Gum commercials saying FABULOUS!

  5. For the longest time, I thought that approximately = exactly.