Today’s post is a spontaneous outburst, unlike most of my painfully extracted posts.
Fodor’s Japan (2012) states that “Karaoke is a Japanese institution whose rabid popularity cannot be understated.”
What does that MEAN? That we can’t go low enough in our statement because the popularity is so infinitely low? I don’t think so! It was intended to mean the opposite: that any estimate of its popularity will still be too low, since it is SOO popular. In other words IT CANNOT BE OVERSTATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Forgive me for my extravagant reaction.
I have come to tolerate “I could care less” as an idiomatic variation. So, I will learn to accept this violation of logic. I will give the user the benefit of the doubt by assuming that he/she/it meant “It must not be understated” as in “It should not be understated.”
I couldn’t find a good photo to illustrate this rant. Therefore I offer a view of some understated hotels on the Gold Coast, Australia. They are understated only because the magnificence of the beach cannot be overstated.