from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something apparently impressive or legitimate but actually untrue or insincere; nonsense.
- n. A stock technique for eliciting a desired response from an audience.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Meaningless nonsense with an outward appearance of being impressive and legitimate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a message that seems to convey no meaning
Perhaps ho(cus-pocus) + (bun)kum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum (Wiktionary)