whole range

whole range
whole range
is a fudge expression used by politicians to give the impression that what they are doing or discussing is far-reaching, whereas the limits are nowhere defined and the notion of completeness is therefore at best an illusion and at worst a deception:

• We believe a whole range of benefits can and should be created —Rochdale Observer, 2002.

Usually, wide range is more honest and makes better sense:

• Supermarkets in the United States have a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetable choices —Agricultural Research Magazine, 2003.

But whole range is more acceptable when preceded by the and used in contexts where the limits are known or have been identified:

• Pulau Langkawi offers the whole range of accommodation to suit every budget and taste —Asian Diver Magazine, 2004.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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