I'm well aware of what it means. I'm also well aware that you are talking out of your own !@# with your estimation, because there's next to know way you could possibly know those numbers unless you were an insider at Blizzard and could tell me 1) what was left to be done, 2) how long it would take 3) how long the beta test would be and 4) how long it would take to get the copies printed and headed out to stores. And other things, too, that determine the minimum time frame you could possibly release a title.
Now, hey, I don't know those numbers, either, but I know Blizzard. I know that it is their MO to polish and polish and polish until any artistry is ground down into a dull brass knob: functional, but uninspired. And I am telling you, I think your 3-4 month 'guess' is laughable.
Proving again you have no idea what it means. I didn't say the xpack would be done within 3 - 4 months, I was talking about the itemization patch. Maybe that is why you are confused? Not to mention that the xpack itself *might* be done within 3 - 4 months. It's only one class and one new act, it's not like they are designing an entire new game from scratch.
Are you unfamiliar with what Blizzard means when it talks about pre-expansion patches? This may be the source of the confusion here. In the past, these have been patches that occur in EXTREMELY close proximity to an expansion dropping (about a week or two). To say that the Loot 2.0 patch will drop essentially means that the expansion would have to be done as well.
Of course, I would dearly love if Blizzard would break their past history on this and release Loot 2.0 far in advance of RoS, but all their recent blue posts seem to strongly
suggest otherwise. And if they are essentially launching them (Loot 2.0 and RoS) together, it's probably still a ways off. Blizzard has said that tons more info will be coming at Blizzcon, which is November 8-9, and given their past, I don't see them doing a major release like a Diablo x-pack one to two months off the back of that. Blizzard's Christmas-time release is gonna be Hearthstone. The most likely targets for RoS after that are the spring or, god forbid, the summer of 2014. They won't release in Jan-Feb because spending goes way down after the Christmas glut when people don't have as much disposable income. They also might not want to compete with some games coming in March, like Dark Souls 2, but we'll see.