Blockbuster word Origin

Posted: October 23, 2011 in INFO's

The word originated after bombs used in WWII, and to appear in the American press in the early 1940’s, at first describing the largest of aerial bombs, and later by extension referring to anything making a public impact. Blockbuster or “cookie” was the name given to several of the largest conventional bombs used in World War II by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The term Blockbuster primarily referred to a bomb which had enough explosive power to destroy an entire city block. Although some entertainment histories apparently cite it as originally referring to a play that is so successful that competing theaters on the block are “busted” and driven out of business. Whatever its origin, the term quickly caught on as a way to describe a hit, and has subsequently been applied to productions other than plays and films, including novels and multi-million selling computer/console game titles. Ironically, the term bomb in show business or publishing means a complete failure, while a blockbuster is a huge success.


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