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Monday, February 10, 2014

Definitions for blatherskite

  1. a person given to voluble, empty talk.
  2. nonsense; blather.

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Citations for blatherskite
It seems to me that no one can contemplate this odd creature, this quaint and curious blatherskite, without admiring McClintock, or, at any rate, loving him and feeling grateful to him … Mark Twain, "A Cure for the Blues," 1893
That bubbling, breezy blatherskite, the boisterous bobolink/ Is such a deep philosopher he's far too wise to think. Sam Walter Foss, "Bobolink Philosophy," Back Country Poems, 1892
Origin of blatherskite
1640-1650
Blatherskite was a popular colloquialism in the U.S. in the early 1800s, thanks in part to a Scottish song called "Maggie Lauder," which featured the word (spelled bletherskate) and was popular among soldiers during the American Revolutionary War.