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.
philanthropic bunkum. Take it as a rule that nothing pays on a small scale.
"It sounds all right, but it's bunkum all the same.
Government's been useless." Mr Campbell said: "It shows the Northern Powerhouse is bunkum."
A strange character who knew Buffalo Bill personally, and who rode, shot and roped with Hoot Gibson, over the boundless prairies of the Wild West." Sounds like a lot of bunkum to me, but I love your column.
If you recall, they tried some disinformation to say some governors are not working with the party, but we knew it was all by bunkum. Every governor will work with the party and every governor is working with the party.
My understanding is that has been the case in this inquiry, so the Ministers excuse is utter bunkum.
There is also another Latin/English saying, de mortuis nil nisi bunkum, or of the dead nothing but nonsense.
Gareth may have a tendency to slip into what I like to call "business bunkum" (in real life I use a different word starting with "b" that I am not allowed to use in The Journal), but he has clearly studied his job and found innovative ways to get the most of his team.
Bailie McLellan dismissed the remarks as "bunkum" and as there was no seconder for Bailie Barker's move to delay the rise until after the war, the proposal was carried.
NICOLA Sturgeon has said claims that Prestwick Airport is being used by the US military are "a load of bunkum".