bunkum

[buhng-kuhm]
noun
1.
insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
2.
insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.
Also, buncombe.


Origin:
Americanism; after speech in 16th Congress, 1819–21, by F. Walker, who said he was bound to speak for Buncombe (N.C. county in district he represented)

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bunkum or buncombe (ˈbʌŋkəm)
 
n
1.  empty talk; nonsense
2.  chiefly (US) empty or insincere speechmaking by a politician to please voters or gain publicity
 
[C19: after Buncombe, a county in North Carolina, alluded to in an inane speech by its Congressional representative Felix Walker (about 1820)]
 
buncombe or buncombe
 
n
 
[C19: after Buncombe, a county in North Carolina, alluded to in an inane speech by its Congressional representative Felix Walker (about 1820)]

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bunkum
variant of Buncombe.
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bunkum definition

[ˈbəŋkəm]
and buncombe
  1. n.
    nonsense. : That's just plain bunkum! , Your Honor, counselor's airbrained buncombe is an insult to the court. I object!
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Example sentences
Pure bunkum aimed mainly at their current believers so they can feel credible.
Belated acknowledgment only accentuated the bunkum that preceded it.
But saying that it's a natural frontal-lobe thing is bunkum.
Bunkum is bunkum, you would think, but apparently for some people there are blind spots.
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