famous and infamous

I am forever indebted to MakeupAlley for its reviews, which have kept this product junkie out of bankruptcy. Rarely have I bought a product that has a lot of buzz on the site and been disappointed. But it makes me crazy when I frequently see these insanely popular products* described as “infamous.”

Here’s the thing: an “infamous” product would be one that was extremely unpopular. To be infamous, something has to be well-known for negative reasons. Otherwise, it’s just plain famous. I also prefer using “notorious” only in the negative sense, but that definition is technically a little looser.

Bottom line: Neither “infamous” nor “notorious” is a compliment.

*Among the favorites that have served me well: Urban Decay Primer Potion, Sally Hansen Carmindy foundation, Poshe topcoat, Jordana ($1!) lip liner

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One response to “famous and infamous

  1. I thought “infamous” meant “more than famous”, like “invaluable”. Gotta stop watching The 3 Amigos on late night TV.

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