purple prose


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purple prose

Writing that is full of flowery or excessively elaborate language. My early romance novels were nothing but purple prose—very embarrassing to read now.
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Because sports offered such diversion, reporters were allowed more latitude to write colorful, even purple prose while news writing became increasingly objective.
I was going to write some purple prose on the scoring exploits of a certain forward, but I daren't do it.
In his early career, one hack with a gift for purple prose wrote that he had "raven hair as sleek as molten tar and a melting eye that brings every bird off the twig for miles around".
We couldn't find Judge Taylor's attempt to grapple with those precedents, perhaps because they'd have interfered with the lilt of her purple prose.
The Bridges of Madison County'' (1995): Director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese excised all of Robert James Waller's purple prose and big speeches and turned an object of ridicule into a deeply felt love story for adults.
But wait a minute, how can that "finest in the world" purple prose be justified?
He engaged in purple prose often redeemed by awe-inspiring breadth and depth of vision.
The purple prose includes phrases like "my insides were gleefully dancing" and a poem by Katie that begins "Please stop dear tears / You're splashing in my ears.
Slight irritation because my purple prose keeps being interrupted but immense excitement since the noise is caused by the process of erecting new floodlights.
It also comes with a bit of purple prose - owners can have their biography written by a 'top' author.
The decade or so between the end of World War I and the beginning of the Great Depression was known as the Golden Age of Sports, and it was described in purple prose by Grantland Rice, the all-time leader, and his many followers.
He writes in a lively style, but too often gets caught up in purple prose.
Stylistically, the author drifts between literary and purple prose.
TV's toughest mom is really a softie at heart when it comes to purple prose.
The reader may not like to deal with Neal's eighty-seven tables, covering everything from weekly admission at Manchester fever hospitals to the distribution of deaths from fever, diarrhoea and dysentery in the borough of Liverpool; but these stark columns of documentation tell more than purple prose ever could.