bunkum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bunkum unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bunkum See Buncombe.
    • n Bunkum 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 bunkum See buncombe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bunkum bung′kum empty clap-trap oratory, bombastic speechmaking intended for the newspapers rather than to persuade the audience
    • Bunkum Also Bun′combe
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

We sell hundreds of dollars' worth of bunkum every day because people ask for it; but I tell you we do it with reluctance.
"The Haunted Bookshop" by Christopher Morley
You float in all this bunkum.
"Tono Bungay" by H. G. Wells
I saw a memorandum of expenses for a ten days trip to Bunkum Town made by a Pittsburg man worth $15,000,000 once.
"The Gentle Grafter" by O. Henry
They save that bunkum for pussy-footing, peace-loving, backward-looking, dollar-worshiping Americans.
"The Pride of Palomar" by Peter B. Kyne
Old Bunkum was the slave whose grave he sat upon.
"The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth" by Timothy Templeton
I should call that bit of eloquence just bunkum.
"A Popular Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Honestly, mind, without any bunkum!
"Flaming June" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I say, lookye here, Master Carey; I bleeve it's all flam and bunkum.
"King o' the Beach" by George Manville Fenn
Now, I ain't a-goin' to stand no more bunkum.
"The Island Treasure" by John Conroy Hutcheson
To be infused, even by bunkum and banter, with the idea of killing, is a sad overthrow of sane balance.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
You forget I've heard you translating bunkum up on the circus-ground.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
It's all bunkum, this talk about their 'innate purity.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
It must not be supposed, however, that this was all bunkum to Mr. Spokesly.
"Command" by William McFee
As Senator Byles says, 'Bunkum won't make pie-crust, though it 'll serve to butter a man up.
"One Of Them" by Charles James Lever
No, my boy, it's all bunkum.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
The story about the sudden wealth is all bunkum, in one sense.
"A Mysterious Disappearance" by Gordon Holmes
Obadiah Bunkum sold hiz hameltonian pup Jerry, last week, tew Richards, the jews harp solo, for 50 thousand dollars, reserving the collar.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
Oh, but it was bunkum!
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
How sweetly doth bunkum commend itself!
"Garden-Craft Old and New" by John D. Sedding
Could unreality, bunkum, call it what you will, go further than that?
"Voices in the Night" by Flora Annie Steel
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In news:

Bald-faced bunkum about Bieber.
Nil de mortuis nisi bunkum , as the ancient Romans so well expressed the decorum that anyone writing an obituary about the recent dead should keep in mind.
Well it's no bunkum that Malarky 's Sports Grill on Gilman Boulevard is an outstanding sports bar serving great burgers and sandwiches, and even breakfast on weekends.
As the bromides and bunkum of primary season lurch into caucus-eve overdrive in Iowa, the rest of the world has upstaged the election-addled news cycle.
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