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Gonzo

[GAHN-zoh]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Italian, 1970s

1.

Of or associated with journalistic writing of an exaggerated, subjective, and fictionalized style.

2.

Bizarre or crazy.

Examples of Gonzo in a sentence

"The long-time columnist was known for his gonzo writings."

"That mural down the street is just gonzo."

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About Gonzo

In Spanish, "ganso" means goose or fool. In Italian, "gonzo" means foolish. There might be some pretty outrageous activities described, but "gonzo" was adopted into English to describe the wild, literary, stylized journalism popularized in the 1970s.

Did you Know?

Perhaps the most famous figure of gonzo journalism is Hunter S. Thompson. His book, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream," was brought to the big screen in an adaptation featuring Johnny Depp. His work was often controversial, but it earned him a place in magazines including "Esquire," "Harper's," and "Rolling Stone."

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