I thought about this as I was using the thermostat in our hotel room. It was a debate I had with my wife awhile back, and I wondered if anyone else encountered this. I’m referring to the use of Air Conditioning (A/C) by the way.
What I say: Turn down the Air
What I mean: Decrease the amount of Cold. (Effect = Make it warmer)
Explanation: Just like you would turn down the volume (loudness) of headphones to make it quieter or turn it up to make it louder. Also, just like turning up the heater would make the room warmer and turning down the heater would make the room less warm.
What the wife says: Turn down the Air
What the wife means: Decrease the temperature. (Effect = Make it cooler/colder)
Explanation: Just like a temperature scale with hot temperatures higher on the scale, colder temperatures lower on the scale, and warm/room temperatures in the middle of the scale.
Anyone else experience this with your spouse or family? Which saying do you use?
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