Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Bombast -- cotton padding becomes inflated rhetoric. Who knew?


bombast (BOM-bast) noun
Pompous speech or writing.
[From Old French bombace (cotton padding), from Latin bombax (cotton).]

"The much-unloved advertising slogan proclaiming Scotland as 'The Best Small Country in the World' is ... seen to combine the worst of both bombast and cringe."
-- Robbie Dinwoodie; Best Small Country in the World; The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland); Sep 10, 2007.

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