Friday, June 12, 2009

Usage tip: enormity

Enormity does not refer to size. It means "horribleness" or "horrendousness."

If you talk about the enormity of a situation, make sure it's something terrible.

(My trusty Webster does allow the use of enormity to mean "enormous size or extent", but qualifies it by saying that it's considered "a loose use by some." Count me in that "some!")

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