- Bathos: A descent from moving artistry to the ridiculous.
- Bathetic: To be full of bathos.
- Cf. pathos, pathetic
|‘Bathos’ sounds like: BAY-thoss (IPA: ‘beθɑs, or British ‘beθɒs)|
Seeds of literary bitterness:
Scientists and technicians have also, over the years, coined many terms based on the ancient Greek words for depth and deep. For example, a bathysphere (a kind of diving sphere) is literally a deep ball
- Alexander Pope, by Anthony Hecht, in The Yale Review Volume 95, Issue 1
- The complete critical guide to Alexander Pope, by Paul Bains, Routledge
- “Oxford Dictionary of English.”, Second Edition, Revised, Soanes, Catherine and Angus Stevenson eds.
- “Oxford English Dictionary.”, Oxford University Press
- Online Etymology Dictionary
- “Pseudo-Longinus.” Encyclopaedia Judaica. Ed. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. 2nd ed. Vol. 16. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. 683. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 31 Mar. 2013.
The quotation in the second “bathos” cartoon is based on a line from Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, cited in the OED.
The “fart” sound effect is a public domain file from SoundBible.com
The small image of a bathysphere is a public domain image from the U.S. Federal Government (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), see here for more information.
All other images and audio in this post are original creations by Dr. Dexterous, Copyright ©2013 DexterousTongue.com