what does 'measurable life' mean? I found this usage in the end of a sentence that criticized the youth of today.


I saw its usage in this comment: Insensibility is wide spread today. Market economy sets an unfortunate culture, 'it's me only.'Unfortunately, our youth is succumbed to it .. measurable life !

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    Pleas provide the complete sentence (and, ideally, the complete paragraph, or otherwise enough context for us to answer your question with any kind of certainty). – Dan Bron Aug 24 '14 at 16:08
  • @jxh I have added the dialogue from where I found this usage. Would you like to revise your explanation? – code_dweller Aug 25 '14 at 13:53
  • @code_dweller: that reads like a criticism of capitalism: the author appears to be lamenting that market economies encourage us to measure [the value of] our life by our wealth. – Dan Bron Aug 25 '14 at 14:06
  • Given the phrase "our youth is succumbed to it", I think you can dismiss the whole quote as bad English and not worth analyzing. – keshlam Aug 25 '14 at 15:09
  • @keshlam: "is succumbed" is the present perfect tense, so the grammar is valid for that phrase. – jxh Aug 25 '14 at 17:16

measurable normally describes something which can be measured and I've seen it applied in the sense of "measurable life events", or events in life which we can clearly measure or quantify.

It's possible that your source is intending to say "miserable life", as in:

Drinking kerosene has proven a dangerous pastime. Unfortunately, our youth have succumbed to it... Miserable life!

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