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bunkum

[ buhng-kuhm ]
/ ˈbʌŋ kəm /
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noun
insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.
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Origin of bunkum

An Americansim dating back to 1815–20; after a speech in the16th Congress (1819–21), by F. Walker, who said he was bound to speak for Buncombe (a county in the district in North Carolina that he represented)
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British Dictionary definitions for bunkum

bunkum

buncombe

/ (ˈbʌŋkəm) /

noun
empty talk; nonsense
mainly US empty or insincere speechmaking by a politician to please voters or gain publicity

Word Origin for bunkum

C19: after Buncombe, a county in North Carolina, alluded to in an inane speech by its Congressional representative Felix Walker (about 1820)
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