This reminds me of 'terrible'. If you ask one person, it means 'frightening', 'bad' or something similar. Then someone else would use it to mean 'large', 'extreme', or something along those lines.Mirage_GSM wrote:While I generally agree with you, I don't think "enormous" is a good example, since here, the neutral use is the more common one.The word derives from the latin "ex norma" (outside of the norm) and has no inherent negative connotation.enormous
1. (obsolete) Deviating from the norm; unusual, extraordinary.
2. (obsolete) Exceedingly wicked; atrocious or outrageous.
3. Extremely large; greatly exceeding the common size, extent, etc.
That can really change what a sentence means:
"A terrible liar."
If 'terrible' is synonymous with frightful or bad, then this person probably isn't good at lying.
"I'm holding those drugs for a friend! They aren't mine!"
Taken with the other definition, you might conclude they tell extreme lies.
"It's your baby!"
Usually, I try to avoid such contentious words. However, it's context that emphasizes which definition you're using. You can get away with using words that have multiple definitions if they're surrounded by a section that clearly define their intent.