User talk:Choor monster
Why nonstandard/prescribed? Seems okay to me, and in many formal texts. What makes "twice as less" proscribed is the fact that it should be "twice as little", or "twice as much less"; it's not wrong in the "twice" part. Equinox ◑ 15:13, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
- For a reference, see the preface to Orr Twice as Less, 1987, which identifies both idioms as BEV. I disagree with your assessment of "twice as less".
- The issue is that most of the natural, logical scales start at 0 and work up. "Twice X" means X+X on such a scale, and "twice as blank", on the surface, means identify the scale used to measure blankness, then double on that scale. There is no natural scale for measuring back down. I mean, we all know what the phrases "twice as thin", "twice as dumb", etc., mean, but the normally implied mathematical sense of "twice" just doesn't work. So this is strike 1 to a prescriptionist.
- A related issue is scales typically carry a default. One end sticks out, the other doesn't. Without specifying, we implicitly understand "someone has attitude" to refer to bad attitude, because that is what sticks out. A "poundage problem" is a reference to obesity, not to anorexia.
- The relatedness is that "twice" sticks out when it refers to doubling a size, and it does not stick out when referring to doubling a reciprocal of size. Violating expectations is strike 2 to a prescriptionist.
- And as we all know, prescriptionists jump into action at half-a-strike even.