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Thursday, November 29, 2001

Definitions for flummery

  1. A name given to various sweet dishes made with milk, eggs, flour, etc.
  2. Empty compliment; unsubstantial talk or writing; mumbo jumbo; nonsense.

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Citations for flummery
He had become disturbed by the number of listeners phoning in with such flummery as tales of self-styled clairvoyants' uncannily correct forecasts. Suzanne Seixas, Money
One reason there is so much flummery in the global warming debate is that the weather in the Northeast United States, where the opinion-makers live, has a disproportionate effect on whether greenhouse concerns are taken seriously. Gregg Easterbrook, New Republic
Origin of flummery
Flummery comes from Welsh llymru, a soft, sour oatmeal food.