Today I will answer a couple of questions I received from radio listeners when I was a guest.
Question: Should you say “pleaded guilty” or “pled guilty”? Answer: Either one is considered correct.
Question: Does “enormity” mean “something monstrous” or “something huge”? Answer: In formal writing, enormity has nothing to do with something’s size. The word is frequently misused: the “enormity” of football linemen, or the “enormity” of the task. For that, we have such words as immensity, vastness, hugeness, enormousness.
Enormity is an ethical, judgmental word meaning “great wickedness,” “a hideous crime.” The enormity of Jonestown doesn’t mean Jonestown was a huge place, but rather, the site of a hugely outrageous tragedy.
Posted on Friday, February 5, 2010, at 12:22 pm24 Comments on Pleaded vs. Pled and Enormity Defined