In a Word: Infamy
Just after noon on December 8, 1945 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress. The speech, one of AmericanRhetoric.com’s top 100 speeches, was under 600 words, lasted less than 7 minutes, and included that enduring phrase “a date that will live in infamy.” The infamy of which he spoke, of course, was the attack on Pearl Harbor the previous day.
In use in English since the fifteenth century, infamy comes from the Latin infamia "ill fame, bad repute, dishonor." The Latin literally means “without reputation." According to Merriam-Webster.com, where infamy usually spikes on the lookup list on December 7, it means:
1: evil reputation brought about by something grossly criminal, shocking, or brutal
2a: an extreme and publicly known criminal or evil act
2b: the state of being infamous
Merriam-Webster also gives the following antonyms and near antonyms, which are perhaps much nicer to dwell on: esteem, honor, respect; admiration, appreciation, estimation, regard; awe, fear, reverence; fame, glory, renown, and repute.
What else can we can make of infamy? As it turns out, we can also make 36 “Words With Friends approved” words of two or more letters. How many of them can you discover?
I N F A M Y
11 words begin with A
9 begin with M
6 begin with F
5 begin with N
3 begin with Y
2 begin with I
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