in what world

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Use of a reference to alternative realities to imply that the thing criticized is inconsistent with our own reality.

Prepositional phrase[edit]

in what world

  1. How. (used in rhetorical questions to criticize something as completely inconsistent with reality and/or logic).
    • 2005, Chicago journal of international law (volume 6, page 635)
      In what world is it "wholly unconscionable and politically unpalatable" to deny Nigeria a Security Council veto?
    • 2014, Joseph R. Lallo, The Other Eight (volume 1)
      In what world is the ability to be attacked by bees on command a superpower?