Word of the Day

bunkum

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July 05, 2015
noun
\BUNG-kum\
Definition
: insincere or foolish talk : nonsense
Examples
I hesitated to voice my opinions, fearful that my companions would deride my views as bunkum.

"The now-discredited study got headlines because it offered hope. It seemed to prove that our sense of empathy … could overcome prejudice and bridge seemingly irreconcilable differences. It was heartwarming, and it was utter bunkum." — Charles Seife, Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2015
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Did You Know?
Some words in our language have more colorful histories than others, but in the case of bunkum, you could almost say it was an act of Congress that brought the word into being. Back in 1820 Felix Walker, who represented Buncombe County, North Carolina, in the U.S. House of Representatives, was determined that his voice be heard on his constituents' behalf, even though the matter up for debate was irrelevant to Walker's district and he had little to contribute. To the exasperation of his colleagues, Walker insisted on delivering a long and wearisome "speech for Buncombe." His persistent—if insignificant—harangue made buncombe (later respelled bunkum) a synonym for meaningless political claptrap and later for any kind of nonsense.

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