Wall Street investment banks are like Las Vegas casinos: They set the odds. The customer who plays zero-sum games against them may win from time to time but never systematically, and never so spectacularly that he bankrupts the casino. Yet John Paulson had been a Wall Street customer. Here was the mirror image of the same incompetence Meredith Whitney was making her name pointing out.—The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis—

Earlier in book, it said Meredith Whitney has said things that predicted fail of Citigroup due to their mismanaging business.

Is conjunction "where" omitted between incompetence and Meredith?

  • No, but the sentence is really pretty bad. It would be a "that" The idea is: She made her name pointing out incompetence.
    – Lambie
    Jun 28, 2021 at 13:38
  • @Lambie I don't think the sentence is bad at all.
    – Kevin
    Jun 28, 2021 at 13:40
  • @Lambie So, how would you rephrase the whole sentence? To me, it reads perfectly fine as is
    – Kevin
    Jun 28, 2021 at 13:47
  • @Lambie, Ok, so how would you *re-word" the sentence? [And fixed]
    – Kevin
    Jun 28, 2021 at 13:54
  • @Kevin It's not the structure that bothers me and I can't change it's content really because I have not read it. It's just seems to me that if she was muck raking, which is fine, she had to be doing more than just "pointing out incompetence" to make a name for herself.
    – Lambie
    Jun 28, 2021 at 13:58

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It is the same as "you did" modifying "boat" in:

I painted a picture of the same boat you did.

So, no, there is no conjunction missing. "Meredith Whitney was making her name pointing out" is modifying "incompetence". You could add the conjunction "that" but it is not necessary and most style guides would recommend against it.

Here was the mirror image of the same incompetence that Meredith Whitney was making her name pointing out.

  • There is an implied that between the two, which is not needed....
    – Lambie
    Jun 28, 2021 at 13:59
  • Does "pointing out" mean Whitney was pointing out incompetence?
    – ice man
    Jun 29, 2021 at 12:43
  • @iceman Yes, that is what it means
    – Kevin
    Jun 29, 2021 at 13:21

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