Tabs on Writing

The Business of Business Writing by John Tabellione, Principal at

This is Huge

Date: 24 April 2010
Category: Media Mistakes, Special Words

Recently my friend Steve spotted an egregious error in the local newspaper and suggested that I comment about it. It seems that the reporter incorrectly interchanged the words “enormity” and “enormousness.”

Referring to the “enormity” of a heinous crime, or some type of outlandish offense is the proper use of this word.

On the other hand, “enormousness” has more to do with the immense size of an object.

While some schools of thought do allow for “enormity” to be used as a noun for describing great size, we take it with a grain of salt.

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