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    How do I properly use this word?

    Sometime I want to use bombastic words in my writing because I think using bombastic words would create an impression that I am a very learned man (which I am definitely not). However, very unfortunately, my stock of bombastic words is very limited. Not only that, in most of the cases, I don't know the appropriate use of such bombastic words.

    As for example, the word 'braggadocio' always impresses me a lot. It is no doubt a bombastic word. I checked the dictionary and found that the word implies 'boastful or arrogant behaviour'. The word has another bombastic synonym 'rhodomontade'.

    Now, I want to know how can I appropriately use this word 'braggadocio' in a sentence? What is the difference between 'braggadocio' and 'bragging'? And please help to construct another sentence with 'rhodomontade'.

    I am sure ISC members will definitely guide me in an appropriate manner.
  • #756285
    Using uncommon or bombastic words in one's writing generally attracts the attention of the people who go through it. Further, it is natural that the readers will like to find the meaning of that particular word which has aroused their curiosity. It is interesting to note that finding a new word in a write up often distracts the attention of the reader. From that point of view it will be better to use the known words in one's write up and give more emphasis on the language, grammar, and style which can captivate the reader throughout that document. The art of effective writing is basically the style of writing which can increase the readership.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #756288
    There are a lot of uncommon words which could be used in our writings to impress the readers how much he is comfortable with such difficult words. That might earn the reputation of the writers but there might be the feeling of distractions among the readers with the usage of such complex words. We need to understand the common psychology of the readers what they expect from us and our languages should be such that they could understand the entire texts written for them. In that way, writers could earn reputation for their write ups. They can be popular only when they are familiar with their mind frames of the common readers. Even the simplest writing could draw the attention of the readers if the same is based on lucid situations.

  • #756297
    What I personally feel that we should be what we are and never pretend to be much learned and that would be dangerous for self in the future. Using hard words which need to be verified in the internet or dictionary for the meaning and then correlating to the context is something uncalled for. English is always liked and remembered as the most easiest language and write in such a way that the opposite person surely understands the same. Moreover the so called bombastic words are not easy to remember and even the spelling would be the problem. For me I want to write normal and that gives me immense pleasure to convey what I want to and forming the sentence would be easy with the likable words and not with the superlative words. Even the Hindu paper which is known for using rare words has now changed and using the popular words only.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #756311
    My vocabulary in English is limited, I can't use very difficult words which are very uncommon. To tell you the fast. I never heard or used the word 'braggadocio'. Only through this author's post, did I come to know about this word and I got the meaning of the same word. It is a noun and the dictionary meaning is boastful or arrogant behaviour. I was going through google search to know about this word. I got one sentence which says in this era of social media it is often hard to distinguish between the braggadocio and the brilliant. Another sentence which is very simply maybe 'I never liked his braggadocio nature'. Thanks to the author for introducing a new word.
    I may be wrong, but I believe that our writing should be in such a way that the target readers should be able to understand what we write and they should be able to appreciate it. But when you are targetted readers are professors and Language pandits, you should use difficult and rare words. Anyhow views and ideas differ.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #756317

    1. For all his braggadocio, the Delhi state ruler will never become the Prime Minister of India.

    2. I never believe in the rhodomontade of the ruler of the West Bengal state.

    3. The scion of the Indian National Congress is vainglorious, blusterous, bombastic, and a braggart. His braggadocio and rhodomontade confirm that he is knuckleheaded, vacuous, and lamebrain.

    Grammarly advises using simpler words easily understood by the majority of the readers.

    I believe that the use of so-called bombastic words connotes a lack of confidence and hollowness in the writer's personality. Perhaps, the writer attempt to hide behind the pile of bombastic words to camouflage his inadequacy.


    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #756320
    Kailash Kumar Sir has stated: "I believe that the use of so-called bombastic words connotes a lack of confidence and hollowness in the writer's personality. Perhaps, the writer attempt to hide behind the pile of bombastic words to camouflage his inadequacy."
    Sir, Sashi Tharoor and his innumerable followers will be very angry!

    “Khamosh rahoon toh mushkil hain, keh doon toh shikayat hoti hain" (It is difficult to remain silent; But if I speak, they complain.) --------- Saba Afghani

  • #756336
    Partha, why do you still resist from being straight? Right from the time I noticed the thread, I could make out that you are targeting Shashi Tharoor. So, what is wrong if he uses 'bombastic' (in your language) words? It is his capability. Why feel feared?

    I don't think you need an explanation for the words you suggested. Just think it over and you will get it easily. You are so connected.

    Please make your intentions clear in any thread that you raise. Do not wait for responses from others.

    "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." -Robert Frost

  • #756358
    #676336: "Right from the time I noticed the thread, I could make out that you are targeting Shashi Tharoor. So, what is wrong if he uses 'bombastic' (in your language) words? It is his capability. Why feel feared?"-------- Saji Sir, what can I say except that you are great?

    I think I wanted to know how to construct sentences with two particular words and I got the answer from Kailash Kumar Sir. But you definitely know better!

    “Khamosh rahoon toh mushkil hain, keh doon toh shikayat hoti hain" (It is difficult to remain silent; But if I speak, they complain.) --------- Saba Afghani

  • #756371
    I do not think Partha Sir is targeting Mr. Shashi Tharoor. Partha Sir is a knowledgeable person and knows his limitations. He certainly knows the caliber of Mr. Shashi Tharoor and his vocabulary of the English language.

    "I believe that the use of so-called bombastic words connotes a lack of confidence and hollowness in the writer's personality. Perhaps, the writer attempt to hide behind the pile of bombastic words to camouflage his inadequacy". This is what Mr.Kailash Kumar expressed in his response. I am in total agreement with him.

    Sashi Tharoor and his innumerable followers do not feel angry as they know what he is.

    " Be Good and Do Good "

  • #756372
    1. I thank KVRR Sir for his kind response.
    2. I request interested readers to go through my profile where I have mentioned about my humble education.
    3. So far as hiding behind pile of bombastic words is concerned, I humbly submit that I have written my opinion very clearly at the beginning of my thread. I wrote: "Sometime I want to use bombastic words in my writing because I think using bombastic words would create an impression that I am a very learned man (which I am definitely not)."----Then where is the controversy?
    4. Last (in this response) but most importantly, I sincerely thank Kailash Kumar Sir for the two sentences which he constructed with the two words, 'braggadocio' and 'rhodomontade'.

    “Khamosh rahoon toh mushkil hain, keh doon toh shikayat hoti hain" (It is difficult to remain silent; But if I speak, they complain.) --------- Saba Afghani

  • #756373
    Partha Sir, you are very clear in what you wanted to say. There is no controversy. I am expressing in general terms only but not in particular.
    " Be Good and Do Good "


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