Writing Tip 74: The Meaning of Infamous (a.k.a. “Respect for El Guapo?”)

The Infamous El Guapo

In honor of Cinco de Mayo earlier this week, let’s return to the fictional town of Santa Poco and talk about the meaning of “infamous.” The Three Amigos went to Mexico when called defeat “the infamous El Guapo,” but perhaps they were a bit confused.

Dusty: “What does that mean? ‘Infamous’?”

Ned: “Infamous means he’s more than famous. He’s not only famous, he’s infamous…”

Oh, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short – not many movies can have a plot entirely built upon the misuse of a word, but you three made it happen. More