Thursday, July 1, 2010

Enormity - English editing.

Enormity traditionally means the ‘extreme scale or seriousness of something bad or wrong’, as in his time in prison has still not been long enough to allow him to come to grips with the enormity of his crime, but it is not uncommon for it to be used as a synonym for hugeness or immensity, as in the enormity of French hypermarkets. Many people regard this use as wrong, arguing that as the word originally meant ‘crime, wickedness’ it should only be used in a negative sense, but the newer use is, now broadly accepted in standard English.
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