The last part of following paragraph is they were an insult to the fabric of space/time itself. what the writer want to say?

Elliot’s work performance suffered. Tasks that were once a breeze to him now required mountains of concentration and effort. Simple decisions, such as whether to use a blue pen or a black pen, would consume him for hours. He would make basic errors and leave them unfixed for weeks. He became a scheduling black hole, missing meetings and deadlines as if they were an insult to the fabric of space/time itself.

  • It's a fairly unusual (maybe "geeky") metaphoric usage playing with concepts from theoretical physics. Ordinary people use related expressions such as He's a waste of space, but this one's definitely a bit weird. The idea is that the guy is so worthless / objectionable that not only all other people, but reality itself would be better off without him. Commented May 22, 2019 at 13:18
  • ...here's a reference to someone / something being a blot on the fabric of reality (highly undesirable). Commented May 22, 2019 at 13:23
  • It was so useful. Thanks a lot. Commented May 22, 2019 at 13:48
  • Actually, I didn't read the context very carefully. It's not "the guy" (Elliot) who's being judged as worthless / contemptible. The meaning here is that Elliot treated business meetings and project deadlines contemptuously (by not even showing up to meetings, for example). But presumably that would also make Elliot himself pretty worthless from the point of view of his employers and co-workers, so the total net meaning is similar anyway. Commented May 22, 2019 at 13:53


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