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Old 06-10-2019, 03:58 PM
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I feel a 100% better than yesterday...ahh what??


So if someone says this to you, do you take it to mean they feel twice as good as yesterday(200%?) or that they feel back to normal?

Perhaps this is just an incorrect way of expressing the way they are feeling.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:02 PM
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I interpret it as meaning back to full capacity. No, it's not consistent with other uses of percentages, but people are inconsistent sometimes.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:03 PM
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They felt crappy yesterday, they feel better today. They aren't trying to convey anything meaningful in terms of percentages. It's a perfectly correct manner of idiomatic expression.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:09 PM
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I feel 100% better after I quit trying to give %110.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:19 PM
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As other's have said, I'd interpret this to me they are 100% back to normal.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:39 PM
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I'd always take people at their word, unless I ask for details and they contradict or expand on what they said.

So if someone said "100% better", then they're twice as good as yesterday. If not, I would hope they'd find another way to say it. "Man, I was down to 90%, but now I'm fine" is NOT 100% better.

I think we're used to expressing things in percentages, thanks to our grading system. Now, if someone said "I was afraid I was going to flunk. I got a 40% on the test, but I met with the teacher and explained my answers. and got a 100% better grade." I'd assume it had been raised to 80%. Not 100%.

If I asked a sick person "Back to normal?" and they said "Yeah, I was functioning at 50% yesterday, but today I'm 100% better. Feel great!", then I'd think they're back to normal.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:42 PM
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I'd parse it as "100% of the ways I could be better", that is, in their best possible health. Akin to "My car is 100% fixed" = "I've fixed 100% of the problems with my car" = "My car is running normally". Most people don't understand percentages well enough to know why the phrasing would be misleading.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:50 PM
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Missed the edit:

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...ahh what??
After I went back and read that, I'm going to go with "This'll be confusing either way, given that people don't have a hard rule of how to interpret it." So I think I'll avoid rating myself in terms of percentages, especially 100% (and, sorry coach, I will no longer be giving 110%).

Like I'd avoid "There were literally 100 ambulances in my yard!"
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:18 PM
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I'd interpret it to mean both those things. Yesterday, I was ill/underslept/etc. and at 50% capacity. Now I'm back to 100%--that is, normal. That's a 100% improvement over yesterday.
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:56 PM
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Unless there is an objective way to quantify feelings that I’m not aware of, it has to be an idiom where the 100% has no literal meaning.
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:19 PM
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I hope I'll be able to say the same thing tomorrow when I wake up...
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:29 PM
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I take it to mean the same thing as when someone says, "I feel like a million bucks!"

That is, I'm not expecting them to buy the house a round of drinks. 100% just means "the best that I can feel," or something along those lines.
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:10 PM
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I don't get it. "Yesterday, on a scale of 1-10, I felt like a 5. Today I feel like a 10"

Isn't that 100% better?
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:11 AM
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I take it to mean the same thing as when someone says, "I feel like a million bucks!"
You don’t ask them “US, Canadian or Australian?”

I have never assumed that people were being literal.
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:19 AM
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Perhaps this is just an incorrect way of expressing the way they are feeling.
There is nothing incorrect about it. Idioms are a common vehicle of expression, both in English and in other languages. If someone says "I feel 100% better than yesterday," It means they felt very bad yesterday, and they are mostly/completely back to normal today. you should not interpret their statement as a literal, precise mathematical quantification of their state of health.

You should also not take it literally if they say "I feel like shit," as this is just another idiom.
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:58 AM
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You should also not take it literally if they say "I feel like shit," as this is just another idiom.
I feel like shit, or maybe coffee and a donut.
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Old 06-11-2019, 12:33 PM
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It just means they feel a lot better. Maybe close to 100%. But, no, there's no defined quantity of "how do I feel today?" If I'm a 1/10 today and feel a 2/10 tomorrow, there's no way in hell I would say that feels "100%" better. I still feel like shit.

Language isn't math. This is just a figure of speech, an idiom. It just boggles my mind--though it shouldn't--when people try to be hyperliteral about expressions, as if everything in life and language has a mathematical, precise nature to it.
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Old 06-11-2019, 12:49 PM
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If I hear, "I feel a 100% better than yesterday", I assume they're not feeling completely well, but they feel a lot better than they felt yesterday.

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I don't get it. "Yesterday, on a scale of 1-10, I felt like a 5. Today I feel like a 10"

Isn't that 100% better?
As long as the scale is linear, that could be theoretically true. The math would also work if you were a 4 yesterday but an 8 today, or a 3 yesterday but a 6 today. But I don't think it's likely that someone who isn't feeling well would describe themselves as 100% better, at least not without qualification.

"I felt like crap yesterday. Today I'm not feeling very good, but it's 100% better than yesterday."
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Old 06-11-2019, 01:41 PM
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I don't get it. "Yesterday, on a scale of 1-10, I felt like a 5. Today I feel like a 10"

Isn't that 100% better?
These go to 11.

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Old 06-11-2019, 02:07 PM
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These go to 11.

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It can go higher, but if someone medical is asking, it's usually a pain scale and not a wellness scale.
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Old 06-11-2019, 02:16 PM
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I take it to mean the same thing as when someone says, "I feel like a million bucks!"
It means they are all green and wrinkled.
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Or they are a very tightly-playing poker player who is also prone to spoonerisms who meant to say "I feel like a billion mucks!"
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Old 06-11-2019, 02:45 PM
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I feel a 100% better than yesterday...
Punctuation is key.

I feel a 100%, better than yesterday...
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Punctuation is key.

I feel a 100%, better than yesterday...
Leave the article out, thus:

"I feel 100%, better than yesterday."
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I love you 100% more today than yesterday
But it'll be 150% tomorrow


Nah, that sucks.
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