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Wednesday, June 21, 2000

kitsch

\KICH\ , noun;
1.
Art characterized by pretentious bad taste.
adjective:
1.
Relating to, or characterized by, kitsch.
Quotes:
A fanatical collector of 1950s atomic kitsch and a talent scout for what might best be called "outsider art" and artists, Ms. Willis foundher online home.
-- Denise Caruso, "Success Stories From Ebay", New York Times, May 24, 1999
The tone isn't always matched, unfortunately, by that of the performances, which can veer toward kitsch and cuteness.
-- Ben Brantley, "Cymbeline': Masterful Fairy Tale of Troubled Romance", New York Times, June 5, 1999
One of his victims has her walls covered with erotic kitsch; a writer and his wife decorate their home as if it were a rejected stage set from "2001."
-- Edward Rothstein, "Kubrick and Beethoven, a Marriage Made in Hell", New York Times, March 15, 1999
Origin:
Kitsch comes from German.
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