Usage note

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


  • 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.”

  • 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.