April 2, 2013

The March 21 Post Politics blog excerpt said: “The sequester has forced the Energy Department to lay off nearly hundreds of employees” at a site in Washington state. What kind of number should we be thinking of that approximates “nearly hundreds”?  The word “nearly” is usually followed by something finite, such as 100, 1,000, etc. “Nearly hundreds” is vague and does not help us understand the number of employees laid off.

Roger Hartman, Annandale