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I'd really like to give 110% but....

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Here's something that bugs me.  It doesn't bug me a lot though.  It doesn't ruin my day or send me into a tirade when I hear it, it's just a very minor pet peeve.  People, usually athletes in interviews will say:  "I gave it 110%"  I say:  "That's impossible."  I know what they are trying to convey when they say that.  It means they are going to give it all they've got right?  Well, if you give it all you've got...that's 100%!  That's giving it your all!  You can't give 110%!!  100% is 100%!  If all of a sudden you perform better and at a higher level than you normally do, that is your new 100%.  Either that or you were never performing at 100% right???  It's like saying:  "I'm going to eat 100% of that pie."  If you eat all of the pie you've eaten 100% of it.  Where did the other 10% come from?  There are of course people who will beg to differ.  People who will argue that indeed it is possible to give 110%. The absolute best example of two people debating the existence of the elusive number are the characters Nigel Tufnel and Marty DiBergi in the movie "This Is Spinal Tap."  After all, giving 110% is kinda like turning it all the way up to 11.

 

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