Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Citations for claptrap
What is she to sneer at a brave, enduring race of fellow-beings! Dress them in tawdry rags, locate them anywhere on the continent, write out their history in sounding claptrap, and she would be stirred by pathetic thrills.
...it was on the whole an enormous piece of claptrap; the room, almost vacant when I entered, began to fill.
Origin of claptrap
Claptrap came to English in the 1720s as a portmanteau of clap and trap.