My latest Word of the Week comes to you courtesy of The Economist. And when DH first read the excerpt out to me, we were rubbing our hands in not-so-mock glee, believing we’d found *gasp!* an actual spelling error in that august publication. Here’s the excerpt:
“[…]the bathos of that ultimate penalty is hard to ignore.”
Surely “bathos” was supposed to be “pathos”?
But, just to be sure, I checked a couple of dictionaries, and….
Alas, our glee was short-lived.
BATHOS: noun – an abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect. An anticlimax. Banality, triteness. Insincere or overdone pathos.
Drat. Oh well, you learn something new every day. And hey, the glee was fun while it lasted!