Part of speech:
Like “milk,” “rice,” and “education,” uncountable nouns are words for stuff that can’t be broken into exact units. You talk about “some milk,” “the rice,” and “a lot of education,” but you don’t say “a milk,” “three rices,” or “many educations.”
Likewise, talk about “the pageantry,” “such pageantry,” “a lot of pageantry,” “no pageantry,” and so on, but you usually don’t say “pageantries.”
Sorry for the complexity, but you can say "a pageantry of something" even though you don't usually say "a" or "an" for uncountable nouns.
Literally, pageantry is the process of putting on a pageant, which is an actual big, fancy show.
Figuratively, pageantry is also the process of putting on a fancy show: either in a pleasing way, as in "the pageantry of the cherry blossom trees" or in a fake, empty way, as in "the pageantry of that press conference in which everything said was lies or obfuscation."
pageantries (rare), pageant
How to use it:
Talk about "the pageantry of something," as in "the pageantry of the president's speeches," or "a pageantry of something," as in "a pageantry of big egos at the party." You can talk about just "the pageantry", "a pageantry," "plenty of pageantry," etc., too, as in "There's too much pageantry in those competition-based reality shows."
As part of the tryout process for the high school dance team, hopefuls like my sister, along with their families, had to sit through the pageantry of the current team members' awards ceremony. All their crying and flower-giving and displaying of silly inside jokes grated on me even more when my sister wasn't offered a spot on the team.
I totally intend to become a crazy cat lady in my old age and get really emotionally invested in the pageantry of cat shows.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "pageantry" means when you can explain it without saying "show" or "fake."
Think of something that makes you roll your eyes because it's so showy and fake, and fill in the blanks: "I'm not a fan of the pageantry of _____; all that _____ seems so forced.”
Example: “I'm not a fan of the pageantry of Hollywood awards shows; all that speech-giving seems so forced.”
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Playing With Words:
This month's game is "Guess the real pop song title when I give you a long-winded, highfalutin version of it." All the answers this month will be titles of popular songs released no earlier than 2012. Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. We're playing this in order to appreciate the simple, precise vocabulary of pop song titles, despite how often they are criticized for being sappy, trite, and simplistic.
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A Point Well Made:
Andre Gide: “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
1. The opposite of PAGEANTRY is
2. At the graduation ceremony, the principal _____ the typical pageantry by reading off the names, saying "Congratulations," and dismissing everyone.
C. dispensed with
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