The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

August 20, 2009

The Peril of Proofreading with a Thesaurus

Filed under: Random Stuff — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 10:23 pm

In the cafeteria at work today, I came across this poster touting the premier (sic) of a new Tamil movie by the name of Kanthaswamy at the Totem Lake Cinemas this evening (yes, those Totem Lake Cinemas.)  In a brief attempt to try to alleviate my lack of anything even resembling knowledge of Kollywood cinema (in fact, before  today I didn’t even know that there was any other type of Indian movies besides Bollywood films,) I found out that this movie has been touted as the Tamil equivalent of Robin Hood (for whatever that means) and was made with the shockingly large budget of 800 million rupees (equivalent to about $16.5 million in US dollars) making it one of the most expensive films ever to come out of India (although much of it was filmed all over the world.)  When you’ve got a picture that big on your hands, what do you do for the premiere?  Well, you can start by bucking the trend of Tamil movie premiers in Seattle.  After all, you’ve got the grandiloquent movie next only to superstar  Rajnikanth’s Sivaji to screen a premier show, so you might as well go all out.  After all, with a budget that big, they can certainly afford to stick some five-dollar words like “grandiloquent” on the flyers, right?

There’s just one little problem here:  I don’t think that word means what they think it means.  While we should give the benefit of the doubt to whoever made this flyer based on the fact that they most likely don’t speak English as a first language, right offhand I can’t think of any situation in which that word would be useful.  In fact, I think this might be the first time I ever had to go look up a word that I saw on a movie poster.  Dictionary.com defines Grandiloquence as “Speech that is lofty in tone, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.”  So basically, what that means is that you pretty much can’t use the word “grandiloquent” without being… well…  grandiloquent.  And unless you happen to be making a big-budget remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Chennai, grandiloquence is probably not something you want to be putting too much of in your movies either.

Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a grandiloquent big-budget Kollywood blockbuster to make your summer complete (and you happen to speak Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Italian or Spanish,) don’t miss this one.  Oh, and your homework for tomorrow is to find some way to use the word “Grandiloquent” in casual conversation, and report back here on how you managed it.  If any of you manage to do so, I’ll be thoroughly shocked.

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1 Comment »

  1. This post is soooo condescending, it borders on the grandiloquent ;).

    Comment by K — September 29, 2009 @ 9:20 am


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