"infamous" = celebrated

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Mar 14 14:31:28 UTC 2006

How, ye of little faith, explain ye this ?:

  "To mark National Science Week, past winners of the most infamous prize in academia are touring the country to explain, among other things, the logic of making locusts watch repeated highlights of Star Wars and how ostriches fancy humans."

  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4801670.stm  (Today's BBC News.)

  No, not the bugs and birds; I mean how do you explain "infamous" if not as a synonym for the now soooooo-boring "famous" ?  (Earlier discussion addressed the possibility that this "infamous" might only apply to celebrities or media things.)

  The transformation appears to be complete. Let the Kaos begin !


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