Word of the day: kitsch


Now this is a bit embarrassing. I’m 20 and I don’t know what it means. It’s in the title of a Regina Spektor album and I don’t know what it means.

Luckily for me, I have internet access.

Wikipedia defines kitsch as “a form of art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value.” They give the example of a lawn gnome.

Merriam-Webster defines it as something that is of low quality and appeals to the “popular or lowbrow taste.”

I get it. So the hologram of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci I saw in the thrift store would be kitsch, right?

If you have any more examples of kitsch, leave them in the comments. Also, would you define Regina’s “Soviet Kitsch” as kitsch?

Published by Emilee Lindner

I’m a writer, cat fancier and lover of all things autumn.

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