Survival rations

The relative numeric sizes of things are expressed as a ratio, not a ration.

The survival ratio in a cancer study, for example, tells you what poportion of the patients are still alive at a given later date. Whereas survival rations are the food and drink that an explorer or survivalist or soldier might take with them.

  • ratio => verhouding = proportion, fraction, relationship, percentage
  • ration => rantsoenen = provisions, deel = allowance, share

Well, there are so many words ending -ion that I for one certainly keep typing it by mistake. But I would never say it!

Prevalence: high. Almost a guaranteed hit.
Frequency: moderate. Not the commonest of words, so it doesn’t come up very often.
Native: no. Apart from typos…

Published by Mike Wilkinson

Twenty years of translating and editing Dutch into English, as well as writing and publishing in English.

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