Sunday, July 27, 2008

None Other Than/No Less Than

‘Monday’s immigration slip-up ... would not have evoked a comment like “I am totally appalled” from none other than Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng’ (Today, 25 June 2008).

The expression none other than conveys an element of surprise that someone has done something, e.g. The driver who ran the red light was none other than the law minister himself.

Unless it was a Freudian slip or the writer wanted to cast aspersions on Mr Wong, the required expression was no less than, which emphasizes that the person mentioned is very important.

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