Perhaps put off by the apparent snarkiness ("I would hope that most...") of Tom's refutal of my post questioning the use of Float for monetary values, ....
You must have missed that "I would hope that most" and "But let's say it" were echoes? I thought that such clear echoes eliminated the need for smileys. Evidently I was wrong. I'm sorry if I caused offence.
Edit: B****y English grammar.
It was more than clear that you echoed my structure. It was obvious that you were attempting to be humorous, but I have to point out that any humor found would only have been at my expense. Smileys may or may not have helped. Sometimes it's easy to forget that although a rebuttal stated mockingly may be an effective rhetorical tool to reinforce one's point, it can be considered a personal affront. A deliberate echo of someone's writing that turns his words upon his own statement can seem to attack the writer of that post more than its content.
I do accept your apology and thank you for opening the dialog on a point that deserves attention, even if it's not so simple a topic as a COBOL-inspired myth that needs debunking. This may not be the appropriate thread in which to continue that discussion, but your point and Paul's clarifications have certainly been valuable to me.