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    Does 'no worse than' really mean 'no worse than' here?

    "If one were asked to provide a single explanation for the growth of English in the later 19th century, one could do no worse than reply, "the failure of religion"".

    It seems you couldn't say it in a worse way - the failure of religion, but this doesn't quite make sense.

    Many thanks if you can help clarify this.

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    Re: Does 'no worse than' really mean 'no worse than' here?

    not a teacher

    This is a passage from Terence Eagleton's "Literary Theory, An Introduction".

    According to this link, the original text is: If one were asked to provide a single explanation for the growth of English studies in the later nineteenth century, one could do worse than reply: "the failure of religion."

    http://www.brentmblackwell.com/cours...eOfEnglish.pdf

    It seems that the version of this text you are referring to is incorrect.

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    Re: Does 'no worse than' really mean 'no worse than' here?

    Interesting article – it propounds that English, or literature, replaced religious ideology by placating the masses, instilling morality, changing social perception, and equalizing the social classes -- via the middle-class.



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