“Over the line”

To commit an outrage is to overstep bounds, for the word comes to us from the French outré (meaning excessive) and the Latin ultra (meaning beyond). It is an accident of etymology that the word seems to indicate a feeling of rage, although raging against outrages is common enough, and convention permits us to say we are outraged by the outrageous. — Over the line by JMSmith

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2 Replies to ““Over the line””

  1. Well, I am outraged that JM thinks ‘ultra’ has something to do with ‘outrage’ considering that they look nothing alike. And where does the ‘rage’ part come from, if not from ‘raging against the machine’? And just what does outraged mean?

    1. Smokey committed an outrage when he stepped over the line (it was a league game.) Walter became enraged, and committed an outrage himself when he drew on Smokey. The Dude is ultra; Maude is outre. The nihilists personify the contradictions inherent in our rage against the machine.

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