United with Man United Boss

27 Oct

Alex FergusonWhile we usually find ourselves differing in opinion, Sir Alex Ferguson and I technically agree about something! With World Cup star Wayne Rooney publicly announcing his decision to leave Manchester United, but then reversing his decision after concluding that 180,000 pounds a week solves his moral problems with the club, Sir Alex said the following:

‘I think he [Rooney] has realised the enormity of Manchester United.’

Man U is a big club to be sure, but enormity technically means:

  • noun: an act of extreme wickedness
  • noun: the quality of extreme wickedness
  • noun: vastness of size or extent (“In careful usage the noun enormity is not used to express the idea of great size”)
  • noun: the quality of being outrageous (Source: onelook.com)

Alex probably meant to perpetuate the popular confusion of ‘enormity’ and ‘enormousness’, but he’s technically right too. Enormity is certainly how I would describe the aptly named ‘Red Devils’.

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2 Responses to “United with Man United Boss”

  1. Ingrid October 27, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    Ah ah! Well spotted!! I also thought enormity would express the idea of huge size…

    • Jordan Pickering October 27, 2010 at 10:21 am #

      This is a bugbear of our friend Bruce R, so he always calls people out when they make this mistake. His voice popped into my head when I read Sir Alex.

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