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gonzo (GON-zo) adjective
Having a bizarre, subjective, idiosyncratic style, especially in journalism.
[Coined by Bill Cardoso, journalist and author, in 1971. It was first used in a published work by Hunter S. Thompson, journalist and author (1939- ). Perhaps from Italian gonzo (simpleton) or Spanish ganso (dull or fool, literally a goose).]
"Gonzo chef! Surly and sexy! Outlaw in the kitchen! Anthony Bourdain's
reputation not only precedes him, it also pretty much takes over for him.
His 2000 best seller, 'Kitchen Confidential,' was a lurid snapshot of
restaurant kitchens at their least appetizing."
"I am reckless enough to risk a small proportion of the family's weekly
income on backing my judgment of the likely outcome of a race. ... I do
not count this as betting, more as gonzo journalism. I mean, how can I
be expected to write about this stuff, without living it?"
This week's theme: Coined words.
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. -Gloria Steinem, women's rights activist, editor (1934- )