I am not much of a wordsmith but I hit one today at work. Someone came to ask me about a word choice used in a presentation to see if it makes sense.
“While NYSE and Nasdaq average trade sizes decline monotonically”
“I do not think it means, what you think it means.” ~Inigo Montoya
Merrian-Webster On-line dictionary
1) characterized by the use of or uttered in a monotone
2) having the property either of never increasing or of never decreasing as the values of the independent variable or the subscripts of the terms increase [monotonic functions][a monotonic sequence]
This would mean that something can’t decline monotonically. The rate of decline could be monotonically. It could decline steadily.
The person who wrote this is a Managing Director (i.e. one of the big wigs) and I think has english as a second language. Guess what is being produced in the presentation…
We are keeping copies to giggle over.