So I’m more of a word person, not much of a math person, but even I could figure out there was something off when I spotted this caption on a photo for a story about John Tesh admitting that he and Oprah Winfrey had a relationship during the 1970s.
See where it says “57-year-old Tesh” and the “nearly 40 years ago”? Well, I suppose that could be true, but that would make Tesh “about 17” and the 56-year-old Winfrey “about 16” when they had their affair “nearly 40 years ago.”
Okay, okay: I imagine that the relationship occurred later during the seventies, when Tesh and Winfrey were in their twenties. I’m thinking this would have been toward the later part of the seventies, rather than 1970 (which is what year it would have to have been for it to be 40 years ago). And nearly (according to our friends at Merriam Webster) means “almost but not quite.” Does later in the decade still constitute nearly?
I’d say this caption is nearly accurate.