What's even more

annoying is when people use something like "

three times less" to describe "one-third."

Here's a quick math lesson to demonstrate why this is completely wrong:

Let's take a value, and call it "x".

Now three times x, would, of course, be 3*x.

So if something is "three times less" than x, then it is x-(3*x) which is -2x.

And (unless x is 0) -2x does *not* equal x/3.

If you mean "one-third", *say* "one-third", or at least "two-thirds less" (or fewer, but that's another node).