[Ads-l] legendary = 'worthy of becoming legend'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 21 15:02:13 UTC 2015

This has probably been in use for a long time, but here's a clear-cut ex..

Jessica Lynch before Congress, 2007:

"I'm still confused as to why they chose to lie and try to make me a legend
when the real heroics of my fellow soldiers that day were legendary.


The ex. above differs from the long familiar sports usage in that when
sports or entertainment figures or moments are "legendary," they've
(merely) been well publicized and known for a long time.

In the 2007 ex., though, the "real heroics" had been poorly publicized and
were generally unknown.

The OED entry hasn't been updated since 1902.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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