Word of the Day: bravado

This word has appeared in 117 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year. Can you use it in a sentence?

Word of the Day: bravado

In the last year, the word bravado appeared in 117 articles at NYTimes.com. This includes an article on April 30, titled 'He Bombed the Nazis. Michael Wilson's article, "75 Years Later, The Nightmares Begun", describes the events that took place 75 years ago.

Early in March, just before his 100th Birthday, Mr. Wenzel accepted an interview conducted in his living-room. He was able to see his medals for the first time in many years. They included a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), an Air Medal (ASM), a Silver Star and his two Purple Hearts. He spoke slowly, his hearing and vision fading.

He laughed. He expressed his hope that stories like this would prevent the war from ever being forgotten.

He said: 'I am afraid that people will take it lightly. It shouldn't be.' They've got wars of their own, and World War II gets smaller and smaller.

He has long since lost the bravado that he once displayed in his writing - 'too fun to go back home'. Since years, the medals have filled this space. "I needed to see them," said Mr. Wenzel. The nightmares are over.

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