[TAG] English->American dictionary
rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Sep 25 03:16:30 MSD 2005
Quoting Mike Orr (mso at oz.net):
> People don't realize the enormity of problems handicapped
> people deal with...
You might wish to know that "enormity" is _not_ a noun used to denote
magnitude. It means "great and notorious _wickedness_".
That's a common usage error. I'm guessing that someone once encountered
a phrase like "sentenced for the enormity of his deeds" and erroneously
concluded that "enormity" must be something like "enormousness". And
thus the misconception became established.
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