What is the term for something that is told as extremely important and crazy, but is really generic and bland?

For example, if there was someone who was talking about some sort of life-or-death game with the intent of grabbing the listener's interest, but it ends up falling flat and the listener couldn't care less, what would that be called?


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These are the few potential words:

Hyperbolized (verb): Oxford Dictionary

Represent something as being larger, better, or worse than it really is; exaggerate.

‘victims are prone to hyperbolize and invent details that just aren't there’

Overdramatize (verb):Oxford Dictionary

React to or portray (something) in an excessively dramatic manner

‘I succumbed to the temptation to overdramatize my theme’

Sensationalized (verb):Oxford Dictionary

(especially of a newspaper) present information about (something) in a sensational way.

‘the papers want to sensationalize the tragedy that my family has suffered’


Perhaps you're looking for overhyped? From the Cambridge Dictionary:


verb [ T ] also over-hype UK ​ /ˌəʊvəˈhaɪp/ US ​ disapproving

to advertise or praise something more than it deserves in newspapers, on television, online, etc., in order to make people excited about it and want to buy, try it, invest in it, etc.:

People wondered aloud whether the company had been overhyped.
Probably only one in 20 of these stocks will retain their present over-hyped levels.

Or from the Oxford Dictionaries:




Make exaggerated claims about (a product, idea, or event); publicize or promote excessively.

‘the film was overhyped by the press’

Alternatively, you might like overrated. The Oxford Dictionaries defines it as:




(often as adjective overrated)
Have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved.

‘an overrated player’

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