Friday, May 15, 2009

'Opprobrium'

I learnt a new word today - "opprobrium", after reading a Straits Times article on The Malaysian Insider entitled "Call for fresh Perak elections hard to ignore".
... There is also the question of personal pride. Najib personally led the campaign to wrest power in Perak in early February, just weeks before being installed as premier.

To back down now could be interpreted as political weakness by his followers in his embattled party.

But as the crisis worsens, many analysts and senior politicians say that his government's determination to cling on to power amid growing public opprobrium will only enhance the franchise of the opposition coalition.
According to Dictionary.com, opprobrium isn't an element of the Periodic Table we learnt during chemistry classes:
op⋅pro⋅bri⋅um  [uh-proh-bree-uhm]
–noun
  1. the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy.

  2. a cause or object of such disgrace or reproach.
Origin:
1650–60; < L: reproach, equiv. to op- op- + probr(um) infamy, disgrace + -ium -ium
Well, we learn something new everyday ;-)
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