Thursday, December 15, 2005

Famosity? Is that a word?

Yes, famosity was once considered a bonafide word, defined in Webster's 1913 edition as "the state or quality of being famous." In my current revival of the term, famosity refers not to the state of being famous but to the exalted sense of self-importance people feel when they achieve any degree of fame or even know someone who's famous. In my dictionary, fame (or proximity to it) plus pomposity equals famosity. For this blog, I plan to write about what's on my mind under the famosity heading. I hope the word will serve as a constant reminder to me not to take myself too seriously. And I won't hesitate to point out examples of famosity in others when I see them!

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