(beware, mini-

rant)

Yet another thing that

__somehow__ people manage to

constantly bungle up in the

English language is the use of the phrase "X

times more". If you're someone who does this,

**stop**! There is an

inherent difference between the following:

This is three times faster.

This is three times as fast.

If newspeed = speed * 3, the

speed has increased to 300% of its old

value, which is a 200% increase (300% = 100% + 200%). This makes the speed

three times as much (by definition), which is

two times

greater: newspeed = 3 * speed = 1 * speed + 2 * speed.

The rule of thumb is:

If *x*_{n} is *t* times the old value *x*_{o}, it is (100 * *t*)% as much and *t* times as great, but it is (100 * (*t* - 1))% greater and *t* times greater.