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A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

(OP)
Am I the only one to be irritated by the recent frequent misuse of the word "spike"?

If the number of infections is steadily rising, then it levels off and starts to drop, and then starts to rise again, that second rising is not a spike.

A spike is when you get a sudden sharp increase, immediately followed by an equally sudden sharp decrease. It is called a spike for a good reason: because it looks exactly like a spike when viewed in a graph.

I wish I could apply a spike every time I hear or read this sloppiness.

Mike

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Mike Lewis (Edinburgh, Scotland)

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RE: A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

Since I've been ignoring the media and their hyperboles, I hadn't noticed. Now that you mention it . . .

James P. Cottingham
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RE: A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

Erm, my dictionary has, as one of the definitions: Spike - an abrupt increase or rise

Collins says; If there is a spike in the price, volume, or amount of something, the price, volume, or amount of it suddenly increases.

Merriam Webster says: an abrupt sharp increase (as in prices or rates)

RE: A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

That Must be halfa spike.

Hmmmm??? Maybe halfa spike has a high value AND ZERO in the same x-value???

Skip,

glassesJust traded in my OLD subtlety...
for a NUance!tongue

"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible" A. Einstein

RE: A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

A spike in the misuse of "spike"

So, by your own definition: “A spike is when you get a sudden sharp increase, immediately followed by an equally sudden sharp decrease.” That would mean there is no “recent frequent misuse of the word ‘spike’” – the use of this word would have to have a ‘sudden sharp decrease’ (according to your definition) therefore it is used properly.

Isn’t it nice when you prove yourself wrong... ponder

wiggle


---- Andy

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RE: A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

(OP)

Quote (Andy)

... the use of this word would have to have a ‘sudden sharp decrease’ (according to your definition) therefore it is used properly

I don't agree. If you had pointed out that I used the word incorrectly in the title of my post, therefore contributing to the very same problem that I complained about, then I would have to agree. But then by asserting that I misused the word in that way, you would be providing another example of its misuse, therefore reinforcing my argument.

Quote:

Isn’t it nice when you prove yourself wrong...

Perhaps. But proving myself wrong is something I have done so often that I hardly notice it any more.

Mike

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Mike Lewis (Edinburgh, Scotland)

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RE: A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

>If you had pointed out that I used the word incorrectly in the title of my post
I thought that's what I did by underlying the word 'spike' smile


---- Andy

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RE: A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

@Andy. you took the pebble from the hand of the master, grasshopper!

Skip,

glassesJust traded in my OLD subtlety...
for a NUance!tongue

"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible" A. Einstein

RE: A spike in the misuse of "spike"?

I learn from the best, Master... bow


---- Andy

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