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

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  • aris
    aris Posts: 339 Forumite
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    Hey, if my amp can go to 11, then I can give 110% too :-)
  • Jennifer_Jane
    Jennifer_Jane Posts: 3,237 Forumite
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    Yep! It annoys me too - and I applauded Sir Alan when I saw this on TV.

    Jen
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  • Hezzawithkids
    Hezzawithkids Posts: 3,018 Forumite
    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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  • Richard019
    Richard019 Posts: 460 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

    Then:

    H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K
    8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

    and:

    K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
    11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

    but:

    A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
    1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

    and:

    B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T
    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.

    Sievers
  • prowla
    prowla Posts: 13,156 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.
  • Crabman
    Crabman Posts: 9,943 Forumite
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    I came across this article earlier - seems Torvill and Dean started it:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8020340.stm
  • SunnySusie
    SunnySusie Posts: 274 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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