In his August 21 piece on the move-in of first-year students at the University of Virginia this year, McNeill has this lede:
The University of Virginia was abuzz with activity Saturday as roughly 3,246 students and their families descended upon Grounds for move-in weekend.Roughly 3,246?
That is a precise number. It is not a "rough estimate" or approximation.
He could have said "roughly 3,200" or even "roughly 3,250." But there is nothing "rough" or indeterminate about "3,246."
Where was McNeill's copy editor?