What has happened to our ability to think critically and speak intelligently? Author Vicky Ward, hawking her new book on CNN, entitled “Kushner, Inc.”, declared breathlessly on air, “I think that you can’t underestimate the dangers of these two.” To be unable to underestimate the dangers of something means that the danger is infinitesimally small. So Ms. Ward’s statement actually undercuts the message of her book. What she should have said is, “You can’t overestimate the dangers of these two.”
Perhaps I’m too picky. But when you say the opposite of what you mean, especially as someone who traffics in words for a living, you deserve a little roasting….