A WORD IN THE HAND: UMBRA
It’s easy to take umbrage at the slithers of twee Doloreses and Bathabiles
A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd
Since the superfine, superenormous, supergorgeous supermoon appeared in the night sky last week, “umbra” has been one of the most searched-for words on Google.
As an astronomical (which means “of the stars” and not “superlarge”) term, it comes from the Latin for shadow. In English, umbra originally meant a phantom or a ghost.
The coronavirus casting a shadow over all our lives right now is no phantom or ghost. It is all too real, and we are right in taking umbrage against its invasive presence...