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Monday, August 03, 2015
Definitions for boomlet
  1. a brief increase, as in business activity or political popularity.

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Citations for boomlet
Given its bookish appeal, it’s perhaps no surprise that “Mad Men” has sparked a publishing boomlet of its own. Meredith Blake, "The Exchange: Natasha Vargas-Cooper on 'Mad Men,'" The New Yorker, July 21, 2010
In late 2006, as a boomlet was launched for freshman Illinois Senator Barack Obama, a Tom Toles cartoon had him with a halo over his head and a hat in front of him labeled "'08," with the beatific candidate saying, "I am considering throwing my ring into the hat." William Safire, Safire's Political Dictionary, 2008
Origin of boomlet
1875-1880
Boomlet is an Americanism that emerged in the late 1800s. The diminutive suffix -let is attached to nouns to indicate smallness, familiarity, affection, or triviality.
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