Friday, 24th July 2015

by Joshua Gaskell

Unobsolete: an occasional column devoted to tracking social and lexical change with reference to words, phrases and definitions in the OED that are labelled ‘Obs.’ but are now unobsolescing:

Enormity, n.

Pronunciation: /ɪˈnɔːmɪtɪ/
Etymology: < French énormité, < Latin ēnormitātem

Excess in magnitude; hugeness, vastness. Obs.; recent examples might perh. be found, but the use is now regarded as incorrect.