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Top 10 Words of the '70s

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"Since 'Jaws' slashed its way into box-office history [in the summer of 1975], moviegoers are sure to see at least one son of 'Jaws.' Other signs of Hollywood's pursuit of the surefire blockbuster are the earth shaking sums being spent on spectacles ..." —┬áRobert Lindsey, The New York Times, May 30, 1976

The word blockbuster was originally applied to a World War II-era bomb so powerful it could flatten an entire city block. It came to mean "something notably successful, large, or extravagant" – in particular the expensive, high-grossing, "popcorn movies" that transformed Hollywood in the '70s.

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