Maybe you've played one of those "Tycoon" video games or board games, the kind that involves building wealth and power, like Railroad Tycoon, Hotel Tycoon, Roller Coaster Tycoon, or Balloon Tycoon. Yup, that's a real one; check it out:
"Tycoon" ultimately comes from Chinese words meaning "great" and "lord" (tai and kiun), and more directly from the Japanese word for "great lord or prince" (taikun). In English, "tycoon" dates back to 1857, and it means "a wealthy, powerful, important person, usually in the world of business."
"But there was no luxury that he denied himself. In 2015, while vacationing in the South of France, he bought a yacht, the Serene, from a Russian vodka tycoon, for five hundred and fifty million dollars."
Explain the meaning of "tycoon" without saying "wealthy businessperson" or "powerful capitalist."
Fill in the blanks: "(Someone or something) appeared (at some time, or on some scene), tycoonish and overblown."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. One opposite of TYCOON is
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