Example sentences for: overhype

How can you use “overhype” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Overhype implies there is some normal level of "hypeness," like body temperature or blood pressure, which in healthy individuals and societies maintains a certain constancy, but which can rise or fall to dangerous levels.

  • Overhype is, in its way, a strategically brilliant term.

  • (Note: An alternative etymology of hype would derive the word from the Greek hyper , meaning "over," so that to overhype something is to "over-over" it--more straightforwardly logical but not nearly as evocative, in my view.)

  • It suggests that anyone who finds overhype unreasonable speaks with a voice of moderation--"C'mon, enough is enough"--while at the same time setting the ceiling at a level far higher than what any ordinary person would find acceptable or sufficient.

  • My fellow Slate columnist Robert Wright asked me recently: "Isn't it slightly absurd to apply the prefix over to something whose Greek root means under ?" As Wright knows, the hype in overhype probably comes from hypodermic , as in needle, the components of that term deriving from Greek words meaning "under the skin."


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