Razzmatazz or razzamatazz

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razzmatazz is a ploy to attract attention, it is usually loud or exuberant. It is thought to come from razzle-dazzle, and carries the connotation that the action is done to deceive or distract someone. It has no plural.

Razzamatazz is a variant spelling of razzmatazz, and it is extremely less common. Some list it as the British spelling, however, it is found both inside and outside the Unites States. However, in Spanish the word stays as razzmatazz.


He must block out all the razzmatazz and play on instinct because his fearless, weaving runs from deep have sliced open defences when play is broken. [Western Daily Press]

Named after the year she was born, the 24-year-old’s fifth album has all the pomp and razzmatazz of a big career pivot. [The Bulletin]

The razzmatazz and the hoopla surrounding the race have no parallel in the UK. [The Telegraph]

Sky gave it much more razzmatazz, which got more children wanting to watch it. I mean, our average viewer’s age now is about 16-25!” [Staffordshire Newsletter]

No razzamatazz, no celebrity guests, no speeches — in pointedly low-key fashion, John Lewis is preparing to reveal its Christmas advertisement. [The Times]

Regardless of whether you think it should become an Olympic sport, or if you are in the school of thought that believes it is nothing but raucous entertainment for beer-fuelled revellers with a dabble of Sky Sports razzamatazz, it must be noted that it is indeed a sport. So says the Oxford dictionary. [Irish Independent]