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This week's theme: words often used in a sense different from their established definitions.
enormity (i-NOR-mi-tee) noun
1. The quality of passing all moral bounds; excessive wickedness or outrageousness.
2. A monstrous offense or evil; an outrage.
3. (Usage Problem) Great size; immensity.
[French enormite, from Old French, from Latin enormitas, from enormis, unusual, enormous.]
"Whereby these our cities, nations, countries, and kingdoms may take example to
amend their faults, enormities, and errors."
"The reason is not simply a matter of Freedom's proposed 4320-ft.
length, which is nearly five times that of the currently largest cruise
ship, Carnival Cruise Line's 900-ft. Destiny, but the enormity of its
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. -Derek Bok