Thursday, April 24, 2014

Arts Publicity Buzzword Bingo

We need an arts publicity buzzword bingo scorecard, I just know it. Here are some candidate buzzwords:
  • Beloved
  • Dazzling
  • Artistry
  • Foremost
  • Innovative
  • Engaged (not in the matrimonial sense)
Why, we could almost do a whole A to Z!

Please nominate additional candidates in the comments.

9 comments:

Paul Pelkonen said...

Architectonic
Blasting
Crisp
Dionysian
Ecstatic
Forceful
Gamine
Hectoring
Impressive
Jocular
Kinetic
Lush
Magnificent
Neo-classical
Orgasmic
Potent
Querulous
Relaxed
Sweeping
Tremendous
Ubiquitous
Virtuosic
Wagnerian
Xanthophilic
Youthful
Zesty

Lisa Hirsch said...

That's a great list! Although...Xanthophilic? Really? This is a common publicity buzzword??

Lisa Hirsch said...

How ever did we both miss "emerging"?

Chanterelle said...

A few from today's mail:

Esteemed
Celebrated
Probing
Emerging
Up-and-coming
Prominent



But this week's favorite term, from a synopsis: Encephalitis lethargica

Michael Strickland said...

I was going to join the party with a few examples, but realized we all communicate in buzzwords and cliches. It seems unfair to pile on publicists, especially since they are trying to describe/hype music through written language, a tricky task, as we all know who attempt it.

Having said that, I'll jump in with my own admonition. I'd like to ban the word "canny" from all music reviews. It's been showing up incessantly everywhere for the last couple of years, from Kosman to whatshisname in the NY Times, like an unconscious tic. It needs to be put in the same compost bin as "strapping."

Henry Holland said...

Xanthophilic? Really? This is a common publicity buzzword??

Maybe for Scriabin or Messiaen, who both thought of music through colors. :-)

My favorite is the various types of masterpieces: towering, immortal, sublime, historic etc.

kalimac said...

Here's something that some smart people apparently don't know: "foremost" is a singular term. If you say that someone is "the foremost X", then nobody else can be that at the same time. If you want to allow for peers on an equal level, you have to say "among the foremost."

Eric G said...

I see why you would suggest neo-classical, but also is a style....so....

Lisa Hirsch said...

"Curate" (or "curated").