The phrase ‘let alone’ is frequently used in English to illustrate the outrageousness of a thing.
“I went to the Statue of Liberty, but couldn’t walk up the stairs into the pedestal, let alone to the crown.”
“The doctor said I should exercise, but I can’t get off the couch even once a week, let alone every day.”
Lately I’ve been seeing it used backward. Just today I encountered this in reference to US elections:
“it’s very early to be talking about 2024, let alone 2022”
That sentence doesn’t even make sense, let alone make a good point. The whole reason we use ‘let alone’ is to say, “Don’t even talk about that (let it alone) because we have this more immediate concern that eclipses it”. The line I quoted is saying we shouldn’t even be talking about 2022 because it’s too early to even be talking about 2024! What absurdity! What confusion! And I am noticing this more frequently.
I know, I know, we don’t even agree on the rules of English, let alone have a real standard.
But, this is the hill I die on. Stop it. All you have to do is get your phraseology in the right order. Otherwise I will not stop yelling, let alone agree it’s ok.