Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today's Phrase Tip, No. 2: Don't Fuck Up "Let Alone" or "Much Less" phrases !

So what' wrong with this phrase, culled from an op-ed piece in today's New York Times:

“OPEC will find it challenging to survive another 60 years, let alone another decade,” Edward Morse, Citigroup’s researcher, told CNBC.
Well, what's wrong with it is that ol' Edward Morse screwed the pooch in executing  choosing   his well-worn phrase.


C'Mon!


OPEC will find it difficult to survive [even] another decade, let alone 60 years!




Why, Edward Morse probably couldn't fill in his name on the SAT, much less the answer to question 1 !






I had probably gone 45 years on this earth before I heard this particular construction get fucked up and ass-backwards, and now I hear it mangled  -- probably more frequently than I hear it executed well.


And who gives a shit, you say?

Well, me.


But I acknowledge that I couldn't attract interest from linguists and editors, let alone the general population. . . .

2 comments:

Little Johnny Jewel said...


I refer you to

http://lingo.stanford.edu/sag/papers/fillmore%2B88.pdf

Scroll down to pg 510, section 2

Good day, sir.

mister muleboy said...

"He may be a professor, but he's an idiot."


This is my go - to article