Example sentences for: overhype

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

  • (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.)

  • Hytner doesn't overhype his images or call attention to his own directorial hand, as he did in The Madness of King George (1994) and The Crucible (1996).

  • In a culture in which the words "of our time" have become synonymous with "of the past year or so," overhype --a noun and verb meaning an excessive amount of hype , a term which itself connotes an excessive amount of orchestrated publicity--has evolved to describe one of the distinctive characteristics of our time.

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

  • 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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