American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A village of southern Ireland near Cork. Blarney Castle (dating from the 15th century) is the site of the Blarney Stone, said to impart powers of eloquence and persuasion.
“Last week, I stopped by for a little lunch-time fun-time, passed on my usual cheeseburger to try out their fried fish, and was rewarded with the East Midtown version of eating from Kim’s Aunt Kitchen (Blarney is one step up from a cart, let’s be serious).”
“The outcome, which sparked frenzied celebrations from its fans, known as the Blarney Army, also helped build momentum back home, paving the way for greater professionalism in Irish cricket.”
“Bennigan's had an Irish theme, with burgers slathered in Guinness and a drink called the Blarney Blast, but it was about as Gaelic as Barack O'Bama.”
“They met up at a local pub called the Blarney Stone before heading out, where they ran into Ms. Stepple's old boyfriend, Derek Jensen.”
“I'm about 5 kms from the B&B (this one is in the country outside the town of Blarney, which is just outside of Cork) when my GPS freezes up.”
“Blarney," meaning pleasant "deluderin 'talk," is said to have originated at the Court of Queen Elizabeth.”
“Blarney" first had existence when the possessor, Lord Clancarty, was a prisoner to Sir George Carew, by whom he was subjected to several examinations touching his loyalty, which he was required to prove by surrendering his strong castle to the soldiers of the Queen; this act he always endeavored to evade by some plausible excuse, but as invariably professing his willingness to do so.”
“Blarney" being generally used to characterize words that are meant neither to be "honest nor true.”
“It must be confessed, however, that in many instances "Blarney" conveys doubts of the speaker's sincerity, as well as admiration for his capacity.”
“MP Steven "Blarney" Blaney just spoke on Radio-Canada about the release of National Defense documents relating to the handing over of war captives to the Afghan authorities.”
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