One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to suggest that a problem, failure, or other unfortunate event or situation is the fault of the person specified and that the speaker does not feel any great concern about it.‘if his subjects were unwilling to accept the progress he offered, so much the worse for them’
- ‘The important thought to hold onto here is that ethical claims cannot be empirically verified, but that this is so much the worse for empirical verification.’
- ‘If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell's equations - then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations.’
- ‘We even adopted unilateral free trade towards those countries who, so much the worse for them, persisted with their own protectionism.’
- ‘If some psychological theories (of language, of vision) postulate an unconscious so deeply buried that its mental representations cannot even potentially become conscious, so much the worse for those theories.’
- ‘And if the only argument traditionalists can offer against such a relationship is that longstanding tradition prohibits it, so much the worse for traditionalists.’
- ‘Plato regarded the world of pure mathematical ideas as alone worthy of study; if physical objects did not conform to it, so much the worse for them, because they were defective and imperfect anyway.’
- ‘So if a way of morally assessing acts is likely to lead to bad decisions, or more generally lead to bad consequences, then, according to a consequentialist point of view, so much the worse for that way of assessing acts.’
- ‘If they don't know he's sinister, so much the worse for them.’
- ‘If the government cannot punish those they believe deserve punishment within the current bounds, then so much the worse for the government.’
- ‘Each must act as he thinks best; and if he is wrong, so much the worse for him.’
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