bunkum


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bun·kum

also bun·combe  (bŭng′kəm)
n.
Empty or insincere talk; claptrap.

[After Buncombe, a county of western North Carolina, from a remark made around 1820 by its congressman, who felt obligated to give a dull speech "for Buncombe".]

bunkum

(ˈbʌŋkəm) or

buncombe

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)]

bun•kum

or bun•combe

(ˈbʌŋ kəm)

n.
1. insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
2. insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.
[after speech in 16th Congress, 1819–21, by French. Walker, who said he was bound to speak for Buncombe (N.C. county in district he represented)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bunkum - unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
dogshit, horseshit, Irish bull, bullshit, crap, shit, bull - obscene words for unacceptable behavior; "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull"
drivel, garbage - a worthless message

bunkum

also buncombe
noun
Translations

bunkum

[ˈbʌŋkəm] Nbobadas fpl

bunkum

[ˈbʌŋkəm] n (= balderdash) → foutaises fpl , foutaise f

bunkum

n (inf)Blödsinn m, → Quatsch m (inf)

bunkum

[ˈbʌŋkəm] n (fam) → scempiaggini fpl
References in classic literature ?
He waited until the place had become absolutely silent and expectant, then he delivered his deadliest shot; delivered it with ice-cold seriousness and deliberation, with a significant emphasis upon the closing words: he said he believed that the reward offered for the lost knife was humbug and bunkum, and that its owner would know where to find it whenever he should have occasion TO ASSASSINATE SOMEBODY.
It was bunkum, full of promises the Tories won't fulfil, stuffed with the Tories' ideology of cutting down the state sector and attacking the poorest people in this country (who were not to blame for the recession), and crammed with lots of pay-offs for their rich friends, alongside a few crumbs for the arts and road campaigners.
If not on the grounds that it was total bunkum, then probably on the basis that it was a wind-up.
Nobody up 'ere takes any notice of his octogenarian fulminations, dismissing them (in his own words) as bunkum and balderdash, more likely to win votes for Labour than for his 1980s political paymasters.
That is bunkum and runs absolutely contradictory to scientific and social teachings.
Un rheswm dros ddewis Bunkum Backpackers oedd na fyddai Prif Weinidogion a thywysogion yn tarfu arnom amser brecwast.
Or "nonsense": eyewash, poppycock, claptrap, drivel, gibberish, gobbledegook, rot, hogwash, flapdoodle, bosh, bunkum, hokum, bilge, balderdash, twaddle, tommyrot, rubbish, garbage, pishtosh, humbug, and fiddle-laddie.
He has told us that all this talk about education being the key to many of our problems is bunkum.
He first caught our attention in BBC2's excellent This Life, went on to Teachers, then some baffling bunkum called Afterlife.
Forget all the bunkum about carbon this, that and the other, and dire warning of global warming.
So don't believe the new car bunkum - for used car buyers, low depreciation is bad, high depreciation is good.
It's all bunkum when these young men say they were only carrying blades for their own protection - it's just a status thing - they swagger around thinking they are above the law.