John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

The LLR: A Story about the Body by Robert Hass

The LLR: A Story about the Body by Robert Hass: The young composer, working that summer at an artist's colony, had watched her for a week. She was Japanese, a painter, almost sixty, ...

The LLR: "The Appointment in Samarra"

The LLR: "The Appointment in Samarra": "The Appointment in Samarra" (as retold by W. Somerset Maugham [1933]) The speaker is Death There was a merchant in Bag...

The LLR: "Cargoes"

The LLR: "Cargoes": "Cargoes" by John Masefield Cargoes Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir, Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,...

The LLR: The Distance of the Moon by Italo Calvino

The LLR: The Distance of the Moon by Italo Calvino: At one time, according to Sir George H. Darwin, the Moon was very close to the Earth. Then the tides gradually pushed her far away: the tid...

The LLR: Kindling by Raymond Carver

The LLR: Kindling by Raymond Carver:     It was the middle of August and Myers was between lives. The only thing different about this time from the other times was that this t...


enormity \ih-NOR-muh-tee\
 1:        great wickedness
 2:        an outrageous or immoral act or offense
 3 :       very large size
 4 :       the quality of great impact or importance

Although "enormity" has been used since the late 1700s to denote large size, this usage continues to be disparaged by various language commentators who argue that "enormity" should be reserved for senses related to "great wickedness." It is "enormousness," they insist (a hefty and considerably less common word), that should be used in reference to great size, despite the fact that, like "enormity," it too originally was used to denote wickedness or divergence from accepted moral standards. For better or worse, this proscription has been widely ignored by many English speakers, including professional writers. However one chooses to use them, "enormity" and "enormous" can both be traced back to the Latin "enormis," from the prefix "e-" ("out of") and "norma" ("rule," "pattern," or "carpenter's square").

We are what our thoughts have made us

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.  Swami Vivekananda