Is it correct to use the expression "hundreds of times higher" when the difference is 3.08 - 3.85 times higher?
This is coming from Twitter, someone said that there was an increase of "hundreds of times higher" between numbers, however, the difference was actually between 55 (units) versus 20 - 25 (same unit).
To me, that's 3.08 - 3.85 (308% - 385%) higher. Shouldn't "hundreds of times higher" mean a bigger difference, such as 20,020 versus 40 (as an example). That really would be hundreds of times higher (500.5 times higher) than the number it is being compared to. Which is the correct usage of this phrase?
It seems the user is conflating percentage (%) with a factor (3.08 or 3.85 respectively). While the numbers are significantly larger, to me "hundreds of times higher" denotes a very much larger difference (by a factor of 100) than the actual difference is.
Which is it?