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  1. Ali Hsn's Avatar
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    #1

    Meaning of a sentence...

    Dear natives and teachers,

    Could you please explain the meaning of the following sentence? It seems that the statement is sarcastic.

    "PCI standards don’t do squat for security unless you consider the bottom line of incompetent or uncaring companies to be actual security."

    Thanks!
    Last edited by Ali Hsn; 23-Sep-2014 at 14:37.

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    Re: Meaning of a sentence...

    The phrase "don't do squat" is an idiom meaning don't do anything. (That statement is definitely sarcastic.)


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    Re: Meaning of a sentence...

    Thank you Tarheel!
    And what does "bottom line" here mean please? Does it refer to financial results?

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    Re: Meaning of a sentence...

    The term "bottom line" refers to a company's profit margin. So, yes, it refers to financial results.


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    Re: Meaning of a sentence...

    Ali Hsn, you've been a member long enough to know that a better title would have been PCI standards don't do squat.


    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #6

    Re: Meaning of a sentence...

    I'm sorry, Rover_KE. Yes, you are right. Since I had question about the second part of the statement as well, and they weren't just vocabulary questions, I didn't know how to include both in the title.
    But again, yes, you are right. I could include at least one of them.

    Thank you and thanks to Traheel for the helpful replies.

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    Re: Meaning of a sentence...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Hsn View Post
    I'm sorry, Rover_KE. Yes, you are right. Since I had question about the second part of the statement as well, and they weren't just vocabulary questions, I didn't know how to include both in the title.
    But again, yes, you are right. I could include at least one of them.

    Thank you and thanks to Traheel for the helpful replies.
    The simplest way to avoid that problem is to ask only one question per thread. That way, you don't need to try to work out how to incorporate two questions or two fragments into one title.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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