Usage cartoon No. 2: Royally bad

The second edition of the usage cartoons has been inspired by the fascinatingly endless coverage of the upcoming Royal Wedding. (Which admittedly, I plan to watch.)

In several news articles, both tabloid and mainstream, this huge event is described as an “enormity.” Enormity means something of large size, but in the sense that it is terrible. Enormous or enormousness is the right term for when you want to say something is very large. The distinction is subtle, and some are allowing the usage difference to be broken down by common usage, even the mighty Oxford dictionary. I think that’s an enormity. An enormous elephant of misused usage stomping on the Queen’s English? You decide.