Thursday, August 13, 2015

Word of the Day + Quiz | bombastic - The New York Times

bombastic • \bäm-ˈbas-tik\ • adjective

: ostentatiously lofty in style

The word bombastic has appeared in 127 New York Times articles in the past year, including on July 5 in the Sunday Magazine article “What Happens When a State Is Run by Movie Stars?” by Rollo Romig:

Chennai in particular is a city whose self-image is genteel, cultured and intellectual, and some there are prone to deep embarrassment over the excesses of Amma worship. It is also the capital of the Tamil film industry, the southern counterpart to Hindi-language Bollywood in the north. Its blockbusters are just as bombastic, and its fans are even more fervent: at every new release by the Tamil action star Rajinikanth, his admirers bathe posters of him in milk, a treatment typically reserved for idols in temples. But no actor has dominated Tamil culture like M.G.R., who is like a messianic hybrid of Elvis Presley and Ronald Reagan.

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