a time of year, usually in midsummer or during a holiday period, characterized by exaggerated news stories, frivolous entertainments, outlandish publicity stunts, etc.: The new movie reminds us that the silly season is here.
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Origin of silly season
First recorded in 1870–75
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Contemporary Examples of silly season
The Shroud is generally lumped in with silly-season subjects, such as Atlantis, yetis, and UFOs.The Shroud of Turin and Thomas de Wesselow’s ‘The Sign.’
Thomas de Wesselow
April 3, 2012
Historical Examples of silly season
British a period, usually during the hot summer months, when journalists fill space reporting on frivolous events and activities
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