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What Were They Thinking?

I was stopped at a light behind this behemoth of a vehicle and was stunned! stunned! I tell you, to see the name of the dealer that sold it. Infamous? Is the company unaware that infamous means the same as notorious, and both are strong negatives? They both mean famous but always in a very bad way. They are antonyms of famous. I hope the owner of this Escalade has good luck with it.



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Notorious vs. Famous

This word is so frequently misused:  many people think it is synonymous with “famous” or “renowned.”  It does mean those things—but always in a negative way.  Charles Manson and OJ Simpson are notorious.  Osama bin Laden was notorious.  You would never say the singer Adele is notorious.  President Obama’s daughters are not notorious. Santa Claus isn’t either.  Those last are all examples of people, real and not so real, who are undoubtedly famous—but they’ve done nothing to deserve to be called notorious. Save that for the baddies.

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