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  •  I have noticed twice, including in his (0+ / 0-)

    Grant Park speech, his misuse of the word "enormity." I have considered sending an email to his campaign suggesting that someone look up the meaning of the word, especially because it alters the meaning of his sentences so much.

    Language does change, and the meanings of words change following usage, but political leaders (and journalists) should not be on the cutting edge of the change. This is one area in which it's best to be conservative.

    "People who nourish themselves in the political life are in the game not to make history but to be diverted from the history that is being made." -- Mailer

    by Vico on Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 06:46:54 AM PST

    •  When he does that, he loses power (0+ / 0-)

      at least with some people.

      It distracts from his message, when folks focus on the language usage. He loses power not only among adversaries, but among supporters & allies as well. I mean, here we are talking about language instead of whatever-it-was that he wanted to get across to us.

      I guess that makes us concern trolls.

    •  dictionary.com's definition of it (0+ / 0-)

      includes:

      1. greatness of size, scope, extent, or influence; immensity: "The enormity of such an act of generosity is staggering."
      •  That's the language changing. (0+ / 0-)

        But Obama should stick with the word's meaning. American Heritage Dictionary usage note:

        USAGE This word is imprecisely used to mean 'great size,' as in it is difficult to comprehend the enormity of the continent, but the original and preferred meaning is 'extreme wickedness,' as in | the enormity of the mass murders. To indicate enormous size, the words enormousness, immensity, vastness, hugeness, etc., are preferable.

        "People who nourish themselves in the political life are in the game not to make history but to be diverted from the history that is being made." -- Mailer

        by Vico on Tue Nov 11, 2008 at 03:05:11 AM PST

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