> blurb > > blurb blArb. slang (orig. U.S.). See note below. A brief descriptive > paragraph or note of the contents or character of a book, printed as > a commendatory advertisement, on the jacket or wrapper of a newly > published book. Hence in extended use: a descriptive or commendatory > paragraph. Also Comb. Said to have been originated in 1907 by Gelett > Burgess in a comic book jacket embellished with a drawing of a > pulchritudinous young lady whom he facetiously dubbed Miss Blinda > Blurb. (D.A.) See Mencken Amer. Lang. Suppl. I. 329. > > * 1914 G. Burgess Burgess Unabridged 7 Blurb, 1. A flamboyant > advertisement; an inspired testimonial. 2. Fulsome praise; a > sound like a publisher... On the `jacket' of the `latest' > fiction, we find the blurb; abounding in agile adjectives and > adverbs, attesting that this book is the `sensation of the > year'. > > * 1918 Wine, Women & War (1926) 106 Americans, despite blurb in > home press, [have] not yet succeeded in revolutionizing art of > war. > > * 1923 Nation 1 Aug. 121/2 The publishers..clapped on a jacket > containing a blurb. > > * 1924 Spectator 27 Sept. 426 The note of vanity is ominously > accentuated by the publisher's blurb on the dust-cover, as > silly and vulgar as the present writer has ever seen. > > * 1926 Times Lit. Suppl. 21 Oct. 710/2 The paragraph briefly > setting forth the merits of the book (known in `the trade' as a > `blurb'). > > * 1934 A. Huxley Beyond Mexique Bay 2 The blurb-writers promise > to take you into the very heart of all these variegated > delights. > > * 1947 Penguin Music Mag. Sept. 60 The cast, the `blurb' tells > us, includes the pick of the younger generation of Italian > operatic singers. > > * 1948 Penguin Music Mag. Oct. 22 Her name appeared recently [in > concert advertisements] mixed up with a blurb about `the > greatest living exponent' and so on. > > * 1955 Times 4 Aug. 9/5 For why must publishers prefix to novels > of this school a blurb in which much of the substance of the > thriller is already revealed?