Word of the Day Archive
Monday April 11, 2011
1. Senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense.
2. (Archaic:) A muddled mixture of liquors.
"That bit about cleanliness being next to godliness was a lot of balderdash as far as I was concerned."
-- Jeannette Walls , Half Broke Horses
How could I, who loved life so intensely, have let myself be entangled for so long in that balderdash of books and paper blackened with ink! In that day of separation, my friend had helped me to see clearly.
-- Nikos Kazantzakis, Carl Wildman , Zorba the Greek
Balderdash has a mysterious origin, but originally meant a muddled mixture of liquors.