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Subject:  devils and details Date:  9/7/2012  5:36 PM
Author:  culcha Number:  12578 of 15116

I had heard of the expression "the devil is in the details' or "the devil's in the details") but then I saw this in an email at work: "The devils in the details, of course, are
whether such an initiative can be scaled and distributed and whether ..."

I was wondering whether the author just got the phase "devil's in the details" wrong, or whether there is a whole other use of the phase "the devils in the details are ..." that I just don't know about. At first reading, I was thinking that "the devils in the details" was just a case of this person leaving off the apostrophe -- but then I ran into the verb "are" and I realized that "the devils" is supposed to be the subject of this verb.

Has anyone else seen this usage?

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