Meanings: “That’s Wrong for So Many Reasons”

May 31, 2011

“That’s wrong for so many reasons:” I hear and read that phrase a great deal these days.  Almost always, that phrase is all that’s said; none of the “many reasons” are given.

So in those cases, “that’s wrong for so many reasons,” is wrong for just one reason: it’s said in lieu of giving any reasons.  It’s a statement without substance or weight, best translated into Anglo-Saxon as “ughh.”


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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