Friday, April 11, 2008

The difference between 'famous' and 'notorious'

When a person is famous, he is well-know everywhere. The word ‘famous’ refers to being well-known for good things done, such as performing an operation to separate Siamese twins successfully or inventing something very useful to us.

On the other hand, if a person is known to have done something bad and everybody knows about it, he is notorious, that is famous in a bad way. A notorious robber is one who robs a lot of shops and all shop-owners know about him and is very wary about him.

In short, ‘famous’ means ‘well-known for good things’ whereas ‘notorious’ means ‘noted for doing undesirable things such as robbing, kidnapping,etc.

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