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    #1

    garish/gaudy

    What is the difference between garish and gaudy? :)


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    #2

    Re: garish/gaudy

    Nothing!

    Except that there is a slight implication in "garish" that the effect is more "in your face" than "gaudy". There is a range of decorated china called Gaudy, http://tinyurl.com/2y3lqn - it's gaudy but not garish.

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    Re: garish/gaudy

    This is belated, and although I agree with Anglika, I would also likely use "garish" in a seedier or underworld context (Tarantino's scenes are garish), whereas "gaudy" I would use only to mean "tacky" or "cheap-looking" in the over-the-top sense!
    Just my two bits

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    Re: garish/gaudy

    Something that's garish, loud in color, too bright, can be gaudy, excessively showy in a tasteless or vulgar manner.

    All the best.

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    #5

    Re: garish/gaudy

    GAUDY implies a tasteless use of overly bright, often clashing colors or excessive ornamentation <circus performers in gaudy costumes>.
    GARISH describes what is distressingly or offensively bright <garish neon signs>.

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