In So Many Words

Info-Comics by Larry Paros

Being Adorable

Many men worship women, or at the very least the ground on which they walk. That is, of course, except for the occasions when they actively denigrate them.

Ironically, though the activity with which they are associated is identified primarily with men, the words, "I adore you" — the high point of love's activity — are most often spoken by women (often middle-aged).

The Latin adore meant, "to address a prayer to," all very lofty and noble. Over time, however, the word tumbled from the majestic heights it once occupied in the hymnals and liturgy of the Middle Ages.

Today everything's adorable, from the latest sitcom to simpering infants, from new hairstyles to changing hemlines.

It's a truly awful usage — making adorable, like "cute," a word to be avoided under all circumstances.

Perhaps it's time we returned to its original meaning, and while we're at it, put the awe back into awful as well.