Thursday, November 29, 2001
Definitions for flummery
- A name given to various sweet dishes made with milk, eggs, flour, etc.
- Empty compliment; unsubstantial talk or writing; mumbo jumbo; nonsense.
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Citations for flummery
He had become disturbed by the number of listeners phoning in with such flummery as tales of self-styled clairvoyants' uncannily correct forecasts.
One reason there is so much flummery in the global warming debate is that the weather in the Northeast United States, where the opinion-makers live, has a disproportionate effect on whether greenhouse concerns are taken seriously.
Origin of flummery
Flummery comes from Welsh llymru, a soft, sour oatmeal food.