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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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The devil is in the details. That writer has just proved it.

I think either the person has heard the expression their entire life and misunderstood it and now they're happily passing that along to others in an adult game of "telephone", or they know that the devil is in the details and they're having fun with the fact that there's more than one problem to be resolved in that project; it's not correct but it's fun.

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