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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Enormity

The word for the day is enormity. Many think it is a synonym for large. It isn't.

Enormity means "an outrageous, improper, vicious, or immoral act." Among the Merriam-Webster definitions, enormity "regularly denotes a considerable departure from the expected or normal."

Enormity is the word for what happened at Virginia Tech yesterday.

Today's Roanoke Times proclaimed: "Massacre on Campus" and "Worst shooting in US history."

I still cannot comprehend the enormity of what happened.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Debi said...

It's like 911. Another day that I will always remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard. It's enormously sad.
Debi

3:09 PM  
Blogger Arlene Walters said...

A great reflection on the tragic events, the enormity of which are yet to be experienced in full...

6:50 AM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

it's still hard to comprehend, that something so tragic could happen in our quiet little Blacksburg.

5:38 PM  

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