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Is the phrase on the whole used correctly in the following sentence?

The information, on the whole, was inaccurate.

If not, what other ways are there to express it?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

This is basically a correct usage: on the whole means generally speaking, all things considered. The one quibble I have is that facts cannot be inaccurate. Facts are, by definition, accurate.

You could say:

The information, on the whole, was inaccurate.


The data, on the whole, was inaccurate.

For what it is worth, using it parenthetically here is a little clumsy in my view, though certainly not wrong, and certainly understandable. I’d rather you put it at the start:

On the whole, the data was inaccurate.

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The reported facts, on the whole, .. – John Lawler May 13 '14 at 3:30
edited post to say "the information" – Jason Chen May 13 '14 at 3:49

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