atrocious vs. atrocity
Here are some sample hits from a search for the word atrocious.
- The atrocious sequel to Are We There Yet?
- We've been keeping tabs on the Associated Press's atrocious campaign
coverage this year.
- $100 million private-equity buyout boosts (are) atrocious
- Do you remember the atrocious and disappointing OECD report on
And here are some sample hits for this adjective's noun form, atrocity(ies).
- Conditions of atrocity: The crimes at Abu Ghraib are a direct expression of
the kind of war we are waging in Iraq.
- In the first months after 9/11, the administration's ruthless exploitation
of the atrocity was a choice, not a necessity.
- All varieties of atrocity: battle deaths, civilian casualties of war,
democide, famine caused by the economic disruption.
Other hits for atrocity/atrocities referenced Nuremberg, the Nanjing Massacre, and "Bosnian Muslim atrocities in Srebrenica."
Okay, so now that I've thoroughly bummed you out, I hope you don't mind me pondering the question: How did these two words -- really the same word as different parts of speech -- come to have such very different connotations?
Atrocity(ies), it seems, is used to mean slaughter and bloodshed and torture, while atrocious is often used to ridicule bad sitcoms, bad hair days, and other non-brutal bad choices.
Why? I don't know. But I have a theory. It's a conspiracy theory pointing to a 6-foot-tall English-speaking mouse. A tyrant whose atrocities include forcing innocent children to wear plastic ears and those Escape from Witch Mountain" movies of the '70s.
My evidence: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious. ..."
Yes, methinks mesmells Mickey brand sanitizer.
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