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'Sir Alan you're 110% right!' blog discussion

This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.
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  • arisaris Forumite
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    Hey, if my amp can go to 11, then I can give 110% too :-)
  • Yep! It annoys me too - and I applauded Sir Alan when I saw this on TV.

  • Can "SR'ALAN" please now wage war on all the other pointless posturing on this show? The only good thing about this programme is the "Your Fired" programme on BBC 2 afterwards where Adrian Childs pokes fun at the contestants and their pomposity. If these are supposed to be the brightest business minds in our country then I truly fear for the future .... :cool:
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  • Richard019Richard019 Forumite
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    Not entirely true though, it is possible as this email I received shows. ;) (and I apologise in advance if the language is too far for the forum)

    What makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

    Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

    If A=1, B=2 etc through to Z=26


    8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


    11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%


    1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%


    2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

    AND, look how far !!! kissing will take you:

    A-S-S K-I-S-S-I-N-G
    1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

    So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that while hard work and knowledge will get you close, and attitude will get you there, it’s the bs and asskissing that will put you over the top.
  • I too was very pleased to hear Siralan say that. Memory hazy but I believe what he actually said was more in line with "We only want 100% here. Frankly you've just done yourself out of 10%." I applaud the sugar man.
  • I get really irritated when my bank play the 110% trick as well.

    They have questionnaires in which you grade quality of service as "satisfactory", "very satisfactory", "quite satisfactory", etc.

    You can't have degrees of satisfactory!

    Either something is satisfactory or it isn't.

  • prowlaprowla Forumite
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    aris wrote: »
    Hey, if my amp can go to 11, then I can give 110% too :-)
    Out halogen hob goes up to 11!
  • Sievers wrote: »
    "satisfactory", "very satisfactory", "quite satisfactory", etc.
    You can't have degrees of satisfactory!

    That's a very good point. I was quite satisfied by your post. Thank you.
  • CrabmanCrabman Forumite
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    I came across this article earlier - seems Torvill and Dean started it:
    I'm a Board Guide on the Savings & Investments, ISAs & Tax-free Savings, Public Transport & Cycling, Motoring and Parking Fines, Tickets & Parking Boards. I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Board Guides are not moderators & don't read every post. If you spot a contentious or illegal post then please report it to [email protected] (it's not part of my role to deal with this). Views are mine and not the official line of

  • SunnySusieSunnySusie Forumite
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    110% impossible? Well next time you get an extra 10% or more when buying something then I'll have the extra 10% that can't exist!

    But more seriously, isn't this just a phrase that is now part of our language. Or next time I say it's raining cats and dogs will you point out that that is impossible too. I find pedantry more annoying than incorrect use of language. No one likes a know it all ;).

    Besides we live in a descriptivist world, thankfully those who take the prescribed approach are destined to lose no matter how much it annoys them :D:D!
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