On Monday, September 10, 2018 at 9:34:28 AM UTC-4, Tony Cooper wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Sep 2018 04:22:42 -0700 (PDT), Madrigal Gurneyhalt
> <***@googlemail.com> wrote:
> >On Monday, 10 September 2018 04:31:20 UTC+1, Peter T. Daniels wrote:
> >> On Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 5:20:20 PM UTC-4, ***@gowanhill.com wrote:
> >> > On Sunday, 9 September 2018 18:21:44 UTC+1, Peter Young wrote:
> >> > > When I was a student (sorry, undergraduate) at Cambridge, 1957-60, we were
> >> > > also expected to have a certain m=number of dinners in the College Hall
> >> > > each term (AmE semester) but I can't remember how many. I very much doubt
> >> > > that this is still so.
> >> > "Peterhouse is one of the few colleges with a sign out system- you have to eat
> at least 35 lunches/dinners that cost >£2.80 each term or you will be
> charged for them anyway. Formal hall counts for two signouts."
> >> What a strange way to say "You must pay for 35 lunches/dinners per term."
> >But that's not what it's saying. 35 lunches/dinners if any or all are <£2.80
> >is not sufficient.
> Your version doesn't make sense. The original doesn't seem at all
> "strange" to me.
Are you saying that my paraphrase isn't easier to understand?
And anyway, if people have paid for their food but don't show up to eat
what's been prepared, then there's more left over to donate to charity.
> The requirement to eat a certain number of meals in college is
> understandable. The college is basing their purchasing and staffing
> on a certain level of demand. If students skip the meals, the college
> has purchased more product than they have sold, and they lose money.
> Knowing exactly (or pretty close to exactly) how much product to order
> allows them to keep the cost of the meals at a minimum.
> The amount (under US $4.00) seems very minimal for lunch or dinner.
How much does it cost Mrs C. to serve you one lunch or dinner?
Incidentally, £2.80 didn't convert to < $4 in 1957-60. At the $2.40
conversion rate (1d = 1c) that I learned at about that time, it comes
to just about $6.75 per meal. And if you look at the restaurant signs
in movies/TV of that time that were filmed on location, you'd see that
that would buy you several meals, *Naked City*, for instance, often
filmed in diners, and the menu on the wall was often visible.