buncombe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n buncombe unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Buncombe Speech-making for the gratification of constituents, or to gain public applause; flattering talk for a selfish purpose; anything said for mere show.☞ “The phrase originated near the close of the debate on the famous ‘Missouri Question,' in the 16th Congress. It was then used by Felix Walker -- a naïve old mountaineer, who resided at Waynesville, in Haywood, the most western country of North Carolina, near the border of the adjacent county of Buncombe, which formed part of his district. The old man rose to speak, while the house was impatiently calling for the ‘Question,' and several members gathered round him, begging him to desist. He preserved, however, for a while, declaring that the people of his district expected it, and that he was bound to ‘make a speech for Buncombe.'” W. Darlington. "All that flourish about right of search was bunkum all that brag about hanging your Canada sheriff was bunkum . . . slavery speeches are all bunkum ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buncombe Empty talk; pointless speechmaking; balderdash.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Buncombe . See Bunkum.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Buncombe, a county of North Carolina

Usage

In literature:

England never signed, because Castlereagh thought the whole thing buncombe.
"The Story of Mankind" by Hendrik van Loon
Bishop Buncombe of Eastern Blowdesia was coming here anyhow.
"Soul of a Bishop" by H. G. Wells
Yet patriotism had a seamy reverse side of political buncombe.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
She knew that he talked what she called patriotic buncombe.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
The last day, when he lay dying, there was young Buncombe round.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Failing that, I should feel inclined to say, buncombe.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, May 24, 1890" by Various
The advocates of reciprocity denounced these arguments as the sheerest buncombe.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
John Buncombe made a hard effort to get to the flesh pots and coffee cans of Yankeedom, but failed.
"The Southern Soldier Boy" by James Carson Elliott
There are so many babies at Buncombe Hall!
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
It was a tiresome task to sit for hours listening to buncombe speeches, and drawing magic squares and circles to while away the time.
"The True Benjamin Franklin" by Sydney George Fisher
Buncomb had hired Maitre Labori to defend him.
"McAllister and His Double" by Arthur Train
They for the most part avoid buncombe, which would be difficult to translate into Acts of Parliament.
"Congressional Government" by Woodrow Wilson
Shows thrive best on bluster and buncombe.
"Sawdust & Spangles" by W. C. Coup
That you can, and will not, is to me, permit me to say, all buncombe.
"'As Gold in the Furnace'" by John E. Copus
CAIRNS, J. S. A List of Birds of Buncombe Co., North Carolina.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
The returning legislators were welcomed with public dinners and the effervescent buncombe of local orators.
"Abraham Lincoln, Volume 1 (of 2) The True Story Of A Great Life" by William H. Herndon Jesse W. Weik
His talk is Infi- del 'buncombe' and nothing more.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
For this very Buncombe County is bound to be the favorite watering-place for over twelve millions of people, some day or other.
"Horace Chase" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Had that fainting spell been buncombe for his benefit as well as Florence's?
"The Million Dollar Mystery" by Harold MacGrath
The illustrated example is from Harwood Site 6A on Hominy Creek in Buncombe County, North Carolina.
"Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types" by James W. Cambron
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In news:

The Asheville Police Department will mark the graduation of 20 cadets who have successfully completed the department's police academy in a ceremony at 2 pm July 19,2012 in Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College's Ferguson Auditorium.
He is currently held in the Buncombe County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond.
Present were two of the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department's propane -powered patrol cars.
The Buncombe County Board of Elections voted 2-1 to deny Republican Christina Kelley G Merrill's protest over ballots cast by Warren Wilson College residents and her request that they be stricken from the certified election results.
The recounted election results continue to show Democrat Ellen Frost with a slight lead over Republican Christina Kelley G Merrill in the District 2 Buncombe County commissioners race.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in North Carolina, won a $200,000 grant from the NSF in September to recruit more women into its computing programs.
Here's the message via the Buncombe County email newsletter.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners met Nov 20, approving a pair of economic development incentive packages and a transportation grant application.
As the economy faces tough times, demand for food stamps has risen sharply — 11 percent since last July — according to figures from Buncombe County's Department of Social.
The WNC group of the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society will be presenting a day of " Shop Talk " on Saturday, Sept 11, at the Skyland/ South Buncombe Library in Asheville.
Unfortunatly, this is news to be expected the Asheville and Buncombe County real estate market remains sluggish .
Below is quick summary of the Asheville and Buncombe County housing market through the end of the 3rd Quarter.
Zoning, as proposed for Buncombe April 10, is still exclusionary and racist and thus consistent with Asheville's history of overtly racial zoning.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has some fresh faces, as new commissioners Holly Jones and K. Ray Bailey, along with new chair David Gantt (formerly vice chair) were sworn in this morning before a brief organizational meeting.
Mere months before the many-headed Hydra that is the Regional Water Agreement is scheduled to expire, the central questions remain: Will Asheville and Buncombe County negotiate a settlement tying up all the loose ends.
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