I am browsing a website. There is one sentence:

50x better software quality

here x should mean times, but I don't know how to read it. Can someone explain it to me?

  • not sure what you are asking - pls clarify.
    – Regmi
    Apr 13, 2013 at 7:40
  • ell.stackexchange.com
    – Kris
    Apr 13, 2013 at 7:58
  • That should have read “50× better”, not “50x better”.
    – tchrist
    Apr 13, 2013 at 14:49
  • The 50x may be a riff on some current slang for describing speedy coders: "So, you're a 10x developer or a 25x programmer..." developers.slashdot.org/story/13/04/11/2216236/… In that context, it's "10 ex". Apr 13, 2013 at 15:38

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Fifty times better software quality

(But, just because we can read it, we cannot conclude it makes sense.)


The phrase "50x better" implies some sort of metric for quality, perhaps the relative infrequency of "bugs" or better achievement of project goals. @WayfaringStranger has pointed us to an example where the construction is being used (and the exact meaning is disputed in some of the comments.) @Kris is likewise pointing out, somewhat elliptically, that this is arguably not an English language issue, but rather a geekish-language concern.

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