or bun·combe

[ buhng-kuh m ]
/ ˈbʌŋ kəm /


insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.

Origin of bunkum

Americanism; after speech in 16th Congress, 1819–21, by F. Walker, who said he was bound to speak for Buncombe (N.C. county in district he represented)
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/ (ˈbʌŋkəm) /


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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