I’ve commented on our current use of this word before, but am prompted to return to it by some interesting examples I’ve come across lately. Here are two:
“What made March a truly terrible month were the protests that erupted outside Batley Grammar School last week after word got out that a Religious Education teacher had shown his pupils one of the infamous Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad” – from the Free Speech Union Monthly Newsletter for March.
“… deception has been the Kremlin’s default position, historically, when faced with public health disasters. Chernobyl is the most famous example. But almost as notorious was the 1979 cover up of a leak of weaponised anthrax spores… Russia’s health service is infamously underfunded…”- Spectator 17 April 2021.