[Ads-l] Amelioration of "notoriety"

Galen Buttitta satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 23 15:09:19 EDT 2016


For me, "notoriety" defaults to a positive connotation. "Notorious" is negative.

> On Sep 23, 2016, at 13:30, Marisa Brook <marisa.brook at MAIL.UTORONTO.CA> wrote:
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> Michigan State lost a beloved alumnus recently at the age of 24 and the campus store has been handing out copies of his obituary.<http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?pid=180805567> After three graceful, glowing paragraphs describing the young man's accomplishments and family, the fourth paragraph begins as follows:
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> "Sadler gained notoriety for influencing others through communication."
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> After that, we get a description of his reportedly well-liked social media presence, which is said to have involved "humor, wit, and philosophy".
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> Seems to be a use of the word to mean 'popularity' (or at least 'considerable attention') - in a non-facetious obituary in a medium where the words were likely to have been carefully chosen. I'm intrigued. Has anyone else noticed cases of this?
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> Marisa Brook
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> Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
> Michigan State University
> East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1027 USA
> http://linglang.msu.edu/people/faculty/marisa-brook/
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