Usage note

by Walter Olson on July 11, 2012

A reader chides me for using the prefix “ultra-” to mean “extremely,” saying it should be limited to meaning “beyond.” My response is here.


1 Hugo S. Cunningham 07.11.12 at 10:55 am

In the 1960s, some tried to popularize “infra-liberal” as the left-spectrum antonym of an “ultra-conservative,” but it never really caught on. In recent years, perhaps less civil, both words seem to have been supplanted by “wingnut” and “moonbat.”

2 OBQuiet 07.11.12 at 8:34 pm

What a waste of time. Even assuming he is completely correct, I actually think the sentence reads better as,”They just take a beyond narrow view of what’s legitimate.” And that may actually be closer to the facts.

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