Is Opprobrium a Problem?

The other day in the newspaper, there was an article that discussed new words being added to the dictionary. One word was a ‘made up’ word, two words combined into one. The people who approved its addition to the dictionary claimed that it has been around for about 5 years and that it has shown up in many articles and publications. Well, I’ve never seen it written. I’ve never heard it said. I know that I don’t read every printed word. But it did make me think that maybe this word shouldn’t be included. Maybe it is just a fad word and will not be used and therefore be obsolete before it even becomes a common word. . . . .

Today’s word is opprobrium. Opprobrium (uh-proh-bree-uhm) is a noun that means public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong or vicious. Actors, actresses, prominent sports figures do this all the time. A basketball player goes to a bar, gets drunk, then punches out the cab driver and is arrested. The coach then needs to deal with the opprobrium from the player’s actions.

There is a local government official that keeps getting arrested for drunk driving. The opprobrium (disgrace) from his actions is difficult for his family to handle — and for the other government officials. I’m surprised that he is still in public office.

Back in 1999, Malaysia closedd its currency and capital markets. This brought about global opprobrium (reproach) from other countries who had business dealings with companies in Malaysia. After much pressure, they re-opened their markets.

I hope that opprobrium isn’t a problem for your family or community!


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