I fear that complaining about changes in linguistic usage is an early warning sign that I’m in danger of taking up permanent residence in the snug at Ye Olde Farte, but this one really does create a misleading and rather unkind impression. From an interview in The Cricketer with England’s 6’8″ fast bowler Chris Tremlett.
“Chris Tremlett’s face appears in the window of the entrance to the Surrey offices at the Oval. It is a small pane of glass, his is a substantial face and he has to duck to make himself seen by the receptionist inside. It is a mildly disconcerting sight : Lurch meets Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
Once inside the pokey reception area Tremlett’s full enormity becomes apparent.”
And everyone says what a nice man he is, too.
(“Enormity – refers to something monstrous or wicked, not big” – Guardian Style Guide)