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    #1

    gross statistics

    Hello,

    Enough superlatives. They mislead. The Chesapeake does not impress those who know it best as the grandest or most of anything. For all its size and gross statistics, it is an intimate place where land and water intertwine in infinite varieties of mood and pattern.


    William Warner, Beautiful Swimmers: Waterman, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay

    What is "gross statistics"? "Gross income" means income from which nothing has been taken out. Does "gross statistics" mean figures which have not been processed?

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    #2

    Re: gross statistics

    Yes. You could replace it with "unprocessed" or "uninterpreted".
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    #3

    Re: gross statistics

    I disagree. The author is urging the reader to disregard the abundant superlatives that people use to describe the Chesapeake Bay. Warner would like the reader to focus entirely on the intimacy of the Chesapeake Bay area. Let me paraphrase Warner: “Enough superlatives. They mislead. The Chesapeake does not impress those who know it best as the grandest or most of anything. For all its size and gross statistics grandeur, it is an intimate place where land and water intertwine in infinite varieties of mood and pattern.”
    Last edited by Amigos4; 18-Nov-2019 at 18:39. Reason: corrected typo

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    #4

    Re: gross statistics

    I think it is suggesting that we ignore the big numbers and focus on the intimacy of it.

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    #5

    Re: gross statistics

    I agree that he means "gross" as "big." It's a big bay/body of water.

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