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I've been trying to find a word or brief phrase that describes a person who constantly emphasises, or compares, the size of things, superlatives.

E.g. I watched a TV programme recently, the host was describing a production line, and he was constantly (and irritatingly) pointing out the figures about how "good" the machine is - things such as line speed, units produced per hour etc - emphasising the quantitative facts rather than the qualitative information.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to a suitable word or short phrase that might be appropriate in this case?

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There are of course many adjectives for describing such a person. My favorite is :

bom·bas·tic ˌ>bämˈbastik/ adjective high-sounding but with little meaning; inflated. "bombastic rhetoric" synonyms: pompous, blustering, turgid, verbose, orotund, high-flown, high-sounding, overwrought, pretentious, ostentatious, grandiloquent;

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OverblowDictionary

verb to give excessive importance or value to
"to overblow one's own writing."

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I'd describe it as pretentious language.

Pretentious ADJECTIVE Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed:

pretentious art films

the pretentious jargon of wine experts - ODO

  • Using "pretentious" will imply that the numbers that anchor is speaking of are presumably pretentious (or exaggerated) when we don't know if they are. – Mohit Aug 23 '16 at 8:36
  • @Mohit what makes you say that pretentious language refers solely to numbers? – Helmar Aug 23 '16 at 8:38
  • Well, you might be right... I am sorry. Wrong idea in my head. – Mohit Aug 23 '16 at 8:39
  • @Mohit importance or merit is certainly not restricted to numbers. Just look at the example about pretentious jargon of wine experts. They are not throwing around numbers. They use a lot of fancy adjectives to make themselves and the wines seem more important. – Helmar Aug 23 '16 at 8:41
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Thank you for the question.

I suggest you to use puffer (as in puffer fish) derived from puff up. *(also look for puffery in The Free Dictionary)

puff up: puff someone or something up; to boost or promote someone or something: "Judy puffed Nell up so much that Nell could not begin to live up to her reputation. Don't puff up your own accomplishments so much."

Consider that type of advertisements are also called free puff (Jefkins, F., International Dictionary of Marketing and Communication, Retrieved from International Dictionary of Marketing and Communication).

I hope this answers your question well.

  • Please also mention the source by name, not just link to it. :) – NVZ Aug 23 '16 at 7:44
  • @NVZ Thank you for the correction, edited as you have suggested. :) – Onat Dergin Aug 23 '16 at 7:52
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Perhaps, a quantitative person.

From oxforddictionaries.com:

quantitative ADJECTIVE

1 Relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality: quantitative analysis

Often contrasted with qualitative.

More example sentences:

Yet this is in many ways a quantitative rather than a qualitative distinction.

Evaluation may involve subjective and objective measures and qualitative and quantitative approaches.

That may be appropriate, but using these qualitative data for quantitative statistics is fraught with difficulty.

From M-W:

quantitative adjective
Simple Definition of quantitative : of or relating to how much there is of something : of or relating to the quantity or amount of something

From businessdictionary.com:

quantitative
Associated with an objective quality of a thing or phenomenon that is measurable and verifiable, such as lightness or heaviness, softness or hardness, and thickness or thinness

Usage example (a blog post) at chicagonow.com:

Since I am a quantitative person by nature, here is a look back at my week that was in numbers so you can see how I got the little ones better.

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