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It's normal, everyday usage, in the UK at least.

Only amongst the illiterate.

Objection your honor...

Also among the computer super-literate, particularly found in sub-populations of former Burroughs employees and current or former HP employees. (cf Reverse Polish)

Then also computer gee^H^H^H types who enjoyed

an formal academic education and got to see CAR

and CDR in their dreams.

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R.H. Draney:

I'd say either 2 or, on the grounds that you can verb anything and in jargon formation you frequently do, 3. Obviously, Adrian Bailey's experience is different.

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"Times the number by a thousand." Is this construction: (1) Rural/regional? (2) Childish/illiterate? (3) Jargonistic? (4) Pondially differentiated?

I'd say either 2 or, on the grounds that you can verb anything and in jargon formation you frequently do, 3. Obviously, Adrian Bailey's experience is different.

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*Is* it? Not in my experience. Not since my children were very young.

Depends who you mix with, I suppose. I know I'm much more likely to say "times it by five" than "multiply it by five". "Multiply" is jargon. It's like saying "subtract" instead of "take away".

As I do. I have never before thought of "multiply" or "subtract" as jargon. Is this because I am an accountant? Judging by the response to RHD's query I am not entirely alone, but I'd be very interested to hear from more Rightpondians on this.

Laura

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I'm Depends who you mix with, I suppose. I know ... is jargon. It's like saying "subtract" instead of "take away".

As I do. I have never before thought of "multiply" or "subtract" as jargon. Is this because I am an accountant?

It is hard for me to consider words learned by every schoolchild jargon.

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Laura F Spira typed thus:

Multiply, Divide, Add and Subtract are what I use; Times and Share sound ignorant. I can't think of an equivalent for Add; Take Away is OK as a verb, but horrible as a noun.

Wife is a maths teacher. When presented with a problem in English, pupils will sometimes ask "Is this a times or a share?"

David

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I'm Depends who you mix with, I suppose. I know ... is jargon. It's like saying "subtract" instead of "take away".

As I do. I have never before thought of "multiply" or "subtract" as jargon. Is this because I am an accountant? Judging by the response to RHD's query I am not entirely alone, but I'd be very interested to hear from more Rightpondians on this.

Multiply, Divide, Add and Subtract are what I use; Times and Share sound ignorant. I can't think of an equivalent for Add; Take Away is OK as a verb, but horrible as a noun.

Wife is a maths teacher. When presented with a problem in English, pupils will sometimes ask "Is this a times or a share?"

David

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Depends who you mix with, I suppose. I know I'm ... is jargon. It's like saying "subtract" instead of "take away".

As I do. I have never before thought of "multiply" or "subtract" as jargon. Is this because I am an accountant? Judging by the response to RHD's query I am not entirely alone, but I'd be very interested to hear from more Rightpondians on this.

You are not alone. What English-speaking child did not learn and use the terms "multiply" and "subtract"? I have never heard anyone say "times it by five," and would not ever expect to hear it from anyone over the age of 8. None of the 11-12 year-olds in the math classes I have taught in Brooklyn ever used such a childish expression, but none of them was named "Adrian Bailey" either.

"Times the number by a thousand." Is this construction: (1) Rural/regional? (2) Childish/illiterate? (3) Jargonistic? (4) Pondially differentiated? It came up in a document here at work yesterday and I want to know if I'm out of line to demand it be reworded..r

I consider it 2, childish/wrong. Assuming they meant "multiply the number by a thousand". I haven't encountered claims of regions or specialties within which it's acceptable.

I suspect the "wrong" usage might be more common in certain rural areas, though.

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Number 2. (Deffo.)

Yeppo.

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Laura F Spira typed thus:

As I do. I have never before thought of "multiply" ... be very interested to hear from more Rightpondians on this.

Multiply, Divide, Add and Subtract are what I use; Times and Share sound ignorant. I can't think of an equivalent for Add;

'Plus' as in 'Do we plus all these numbers or times them together?'

John Dean

Oxford

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