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Comic #1962

1 Ponsonby: Well, there's a lot of leeway in this pirate curse. It might actually be merely sixteen, seventeen, possibly even 25 times worse than Death.
2 Mate: Or, belike, 172 times worse.
3 Ponsonby: Yes! We're talking three whole orders of magnitude here.
4 Ponsonby: Fear, violence, superstition, all these things an officer of the Royal Navy takes in stride. But imprecision?

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An order of magnitude is a multiplicative ratio of 10. So for example:

It pays to be very precise when dealing with such matters.

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