Today, I have had the misfortune to come across the worst sentence ever
created in the English language.
Dick Cheney is building a unilateral empire.
The words in this sentence make absolutly no sense!
1.Of, on, relating to, involving, or affecting only one side: “a unilateral advantage in defense” (New Republic).
2.Performed or undertaken by only one side: unilateral disarmament.
3.Obligating only one of two or more parties, nations, or persons, as a contract or an agreement.
4.Emphasizing or recognizing only one side of a subject.
5.Having only one side.
6.Tracing the lineage of one parent only: a unilateral genealogy.
7.Botany. Having leaves, flowers, or other parts on one side only.
a.A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.
b.The territory included in such a unit.
2.An extensive enterprise under a unified authority: a publishing empire.
3.Imperial or imperialistic sovereignty, domination, or control: “There is a growing sense that the course of empire is shifting toward the... Asians” (James Traub).
As you can see here, any writer that could even consider writing such a sentence displays so much ignorance in vocab and grammar that he or she should be promptly beaten with sticks. If any writer came to an editor with this sentence, the editor of the newspaper should fire her that instant. Yet the writer of this is a columnist for the New York Times
. Shocking, isn't it?