Suppose you are told that "Jane makes over six figures". Assuming this to be true, what is the minimum amount of money that Jane can be making?
I have always understood this to mean "Jane makes at least seven figures", i.e. "Jane makes at least $1,000,000", but I have recently learned that some people understand this to mean "Jane makes more than the smallest six-figure number", i.e. "Jane makes at least $100,001".
- Which of these interpretations is more widely understood?
- Which of these interpretations is prescriptively correct (if either)?
(I am aware that there are unambiguous ways to express the same idea, but that is beside the point here.)