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Friday, June 22, 2001

bloviate

\BLOH-vee-ayt\ , verb;
1.
To speak or write at length in a pompous or boastful manner.
Quotes:
Anyone who has ever spent an idle morning watching the Washington talk shows has probably wondered: how did these people become entitled to earn six-figure salaries bloviating about the week's headlines?
-- Robert Worth, "Quick! The Index!", New York Times, June 3, 2001
After five years as president and thirty years as a political figure, this colossal oaf is still unable to discipline his urge to . . . bloviate.
-- R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., American Spectator, December 19, 1997
We follow him minute by minute through a day in his office -- bloviating amiably with colleagues on the telephone, letting his secretary rewrite his clumsy letters and worrying about the possible hatred of his subordinates.
-- John Brooks, "Fiction of the Managerial Class", New York Times, April 8, 1984
Origin:
Bloviate is from blow + a mock-Latinate suffix -viate. Compare blowhard, "a boaster or braggart." Bloviation is the noun form; a bloviator is one who bloviates.
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