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    do you use the idiom "pomp and show"?

    Pomp and show means with "great ostentatious display"; "splendor" or "show off".

    We have this phrase in our old school books, I think it is an old British idiom, and it may no longer be in use at present. And I don't think Americans use it in their everyday speech.

    Do you still use it?

    Here is an example

    They held the wedding with great pomp and show.
    (Meaning "they held the wedding with great splendor/show off")
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    #2

    Re: do you use the idiom "pomp and show"?

    It certainly sounds very old-fashioned to me. I might say "It was a very ostentatious wedding".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: do you use the idiom "pomp and show"?

    I don't recall ever having heard it.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: do you use the idiom "pomp and show"?

    "Pomp and circumstance" might be used. (This is also the name of the song traditionally played for graduating students.)

    You might say something like "Maria's wedding had all the pomp and circumstance of a royal coronation."

    Usually it's used a bit sarcastically, but not always.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: do you use the idiom "pomp and show"?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I don't recall ever having heard it.
    That's because you are American where English has gone through many changes and here in Pakistan we are still living in the 17th century.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Apr-2016 at 18:54. Reason: Deleting 'lol'.

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    Re: do you use the idiom "pomp and show"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    That's because you are American where English has gone through many changes and here in Pakistan we are still living in the 17th century.
    I wouldn't disparage your local variety of English quite so much. Languages always evolve differently when spread to different countries. They typically change more slowly in places they expand into than they do in their countries of origin.

    Still, it's worthwhile to understand how your local dialect differs from international standards.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Apr-2016 at 18:56.
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    Re: do you use the idiom "pomp and show"?

    Aamir, texting abbreviations like 'lol' are unacceptable in this forum.

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    Re: do you use the idiom "pomp and show"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Aamir, texting abbreviations like 'lol' are unacceptable in this forum.
    Ok. Rover. I didn't know.
    Last edited by Aamir Tariq; 05-Apr-2016 at 19:23.

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    Re: do you use the idiom "pomp and show"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    OK Rover. I didn't know.
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