Gimme a… B??

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!



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