"The world's worst sentence"

by Toby Manhire / 30 July, 2013
The Economist condemns a crime against language in a new economics tract.
The Economist’s Prospero blog reckons it might have identified the worst ever sentence in a financial book.

It’s a competitive field. Recent years have seen contenders such as this:

Investors rushed into the market like lemmings and got their fingers burned.

And this:

Deliciously paradoxically, the Nobel could end up diminishing, not fortifying, the qualifications-blindness and self-enslavement to equations-led dictums that, fifth-columnist style, pave the path for our sacrifice at the altar of misplaced concreteness.

But the outstanding new entrant, which comes from Philip Mirowski's new book, Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste (which has had some very good reviews, to be fair), gets the nod from Prospero.

At least it’s short:

Yet the nightmare cast its shroud in the guise of a contagion of a deer-in-the-headlights paralysis.

Maybe it’s time for a non-fiction version of the famous Bulwer-Lytton prize.
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