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Most of the Metro area flooded to some degree. I got lucky. I had street flooding but nothing came back up the sewer line to my basement. There are people around me that though that had a couple of feet of water in their basements.
As most of us here tend toward pedantry and the precise use of language, I thought I'd ask the following:
If you are looking to make a purchase, and expect to pay (approximately) a certain amount, and a vendor claims that they can "exceed all your expectations" -- wouldn't you at least ask for clarification that their price won't exceed your expectation?
This is prompted by an internal corporate survey I answered yesterday.
"meet or exceed our customers’ service expectations and our partners’ cost expectations"
It could also exceed expectations in the opposite direction. If you expect the difference between sales patch to product to be a ratio of 1:1 or even 2:1 (pitch to product), they could deliver you a really low quality product - way lower than you intended it to be to tune of 100:1 or 1:.01 depending on how you look at it.
That would still exceed expectations in the opposite direction while also ensuring your statement holds true as well. Thus, problem solved!
I expect dinner to be ready when I come home from work.
A bold claim from a vendor to also exceed that expectation!
I wouldn't even know how to exceed it... Would that mean dinner would be ready earlier? In that case I'd come home to a cold dinner. Would the dinner come to me? Then I'd have to eat it on my bike on the way home.
I guess some expectations just can't be exceeded
I guess I could say the same for the price expectation. When a vendor makes such claims we think about design or usability of a product. When talking about prices vendors are usually quite explicit, like "Guaranteed lowest price!"
But the vendor did say ALL my expectations (this was about linguistic ambiguity, right?)
Yeah, I want pizza served by the Swedish Bikini Team at the lowest price when I get home from work!