Time for another rant. I've been trying to hold it in, but the problem just gets worse. I see it all about me. It's huge. Its enormousness astounds me. It's an enormity.
And that's what it's about: 'enormousness' and 'enormity'.
Why do people misuse the word 'enormity' and completely abandon the word 'enormousness'? It's a great word.
"I can't handle the enormity of the task facing us." - WRONG. Except that the mistake is now so common that it's become right. And that's fine, as long as people also continue to use 'enormity' in its original sense, which is to mean a horror, a monstrosity, a disgraceful crime.
"The perpetrators of this enormity must be punished."
"The enormousness of their crime cannot be underestimated." NOT 'ENORMITY'! Got that? Say 'enormity' when someone has committed an enormity. But not just because something is very big. If something is big enough, it's enormous, in which case it has enormousness. But it doesn't have enormity! YOU CAN'T HAVE ENORMITY!
I feel better now.