Over and Under

A lot of people use the word “over” incorrectly.

Bad Example: “Over 50 million people go to bed hungry every day.”

Correct Example: “More than 50 million people go to bed hungry every day.”

Sometimes the words “greater than” fit better, such as “greater than 50%.”

“Over” means “above,” and “under” means “beneath.”  It’s a physical location thing.

Thus, the corollary is to use “less than” or “fewer than” instead of “under” in similar constructions.

Examples:

“Fewer than 50% of earthlings are males.”

“Try to keep the salinity less than 25,000 ppm.”

Roger. Over and out.

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