New Pet Peeve

People acting like referring to an enormous range of possibilities is communication.

The two examples which have crystallized this distaste in me:

“Inflation will go through the roof”. What does that mean?

7%? 15%? 100%? 1000%?

Just FYI these are qualitatively different outcomes. Specify what you are talking about please.

“If the American Consumer stops buying…”

How little will America be buying? Nothing? 10% less? 50% less? What are the details?

It turned out the claim was it would be bad for the global economy if America completely disappeared. Which is true. But irrelevant to economic policy.

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