1. a person or thing detested or loathed: That subject is anathema to him.
2. a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction.
3. a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication.
4. any imprecation of divine punishment.
5. a curse; execration.
Wordsmith Wednesdays example rant:
Imagine if your cable or satellite provider constantly changed the channel numbers, or someone kept moving all the cutlery in your kitchen to a different drawer. Would it bother you?
Frequent change to a heavily used part of a user interface is anathema. Change is to be expected once in a while—even a complete overhaul is acceptable—but it must be timely and well executed. In fact, I recently praised Google’s interface updates. That was because they were planned, designed, and launched properly.
But WordPress.com’s week-to-week tweaking of their toolbar? No, no, no. I’ve said it before, I’m saying it now, and I’m sure I’ll say it many, many more times in the future. How many times are they going to change their minds on the location of the dashboard link? My goodness!
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