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“The cost would be ~$200.”
My understanding is that, in America, the wavy sign “~” in the above sentence means “approximately $200”. Is this understanding correct? That is my first question. My second question is, if it is so in America, is it universal among English-speaking countries?
(A Japanese lady interpreted it as meaning “up to $200” so I know the meaning is at least not completely universal in the entire world.)
It is used, but I don't know think that it's something everyone would recognise in the UK.
Yes, as an American, I would use ~$200 to mean, "approximately $200."
But I don't know if the common man would know what it means. I am in a technical field.
I thought it was common too.
~$200 could be anything from about $185 to $215–200, I'd say.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
"~" for "approximately", "more or less" is used even when "≈" is available (as in handwriting). "≈" is a relation of between two things and means "approximately equals". "~" means just "approximately". That's at least the usage I encountered.
I don't think it's common in the UK- it's certainly not a standard thing that everyone knows.
I use that symbol as an emoticon @_@