In our last conversation entitled "What Do Rich People Talk About?", I was telling you how the rich (at least at parties) dodge any talk about money, business, health and politics.
But to add to that, I'd just like to say I always find it amusing the way they sling around numbers in their conversations!
If I said to you I bought a decent table wine for "nine fifty" at the local supermarket, you'd immediately understand I mean nine-dollars-and-fifty-cents ($9.50). Right?
But if you heard "nine fifty" from the lips of the rich, it would of course mean they paid nine-hundred-and-fifty dollars ($950) for that bottle of wine!
Likewise, if you hear a number such as "seventy-five" thrown around (depending entirely upon the context of the conversation), that could mean:
- An inexpensive off-the-rack cocktail dress from Neiman Marcus for seventy-five hundred dollars! ($7,500).
- A haute couture cocktail dress for seventy-five-thousand dollars! ($75,000).
- Or a prime piece of real-estate, suitable for building an office tower, for seventy-five-million dollars! ($75,000,000)
So -- if you're in the business of eavesdropping and spreading gossip, it's absolutely essential you pay attention to the context of the conversation!
To my knowledge, there's no such thing as a seventy-five-million-dollar cocktail dress!