Monday, September 23, 2013

"Worst Sentence Ever Published In The Washington Post" Award Goes Back To Jennifer Rubin

Since I've been keeping track, the "Worst Sentence" award for the Washington Post has alternated between Richard Cohen and Jennifer Rubin. First it was Richard, and then Jen stole the prestigious title with an amazing construction containing the word "inure", and then it went back to Cohen when he failed to distinguish between the correct uses of "we" and "us." Jennifer is always up for a challenge, though, so now, merely a few months later, she has triumphantly snatched the crown away from Cohen with the following tortured string of words published yesterday, when all the unsuspecting editors apparently had the day off:

Obamacare is disliked by a majority of voters, strongly so among women who — a key Democratic constituency.

Wow, way to go, Jen! Champagne all around! How is Richard Cohen going to compete with that?**

**With a "Dickensian" column of breathtaking hackiness.

3 comments:

Michael Strickland said...

That em dash is filled with mystery.

Peteykins said...

It's a real toss-up between replacing the em dash with either "are" or "fuck".

The Cat's Meow said...

Looks like she (or her intern) was having a verb fight with an editor and it was never resolved. Like when you see a published photo with the cutline, "CAPTION HERE."