American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- n. a message that seems to convey no meaning
- Blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps ho(cus-pocus) + (bun)kum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He fought a long battle against what he called hokum, ideas with no basis, which gain spurious credibility by repetition (in the way that so many celebrities are celebrities for no other reason than that they are regarded as such by the media and society pop pundits).”
“However this sort of hokum is not proscribed within the class CBlockbuster, is in fact a widely accepted strategy for achieving resolution.”
“What’s more, you’re “love it or leave it” hokum is the height of anti-American rhetorical irony.”
“So the integrity of the Commission, the veracity of all the testimony it heard, and the legitimacy of its recommendations were, in fact, widely dismissed as hokum because it was clear to "everyone who could read the facts" (or hokum, which is it?) that the whole thing was Jamie Gorelick's fault?”
“It is extremely high-grade hokum, which is to say it offers several different and combustible varieties.”
“It is perceived as "hokum" because on one hand Edwards denounced 527's along with other special interest groups (as detailed above) but on the other refused to request that one operating on his behalf cease their advertising.”
“As far as having two thirds seats being "hokum" that is not something you are in any position to declare until AFTER the election.”
“In this case, moving the funny-page content to a page formerly devoted to the news just might notch up the credulity paid to what would normally be considered standard WSH editorial right wing "hokum," to borrow a word from Li'l Abner's mammy, Pansy.”
“The novel has an ending I wish I never read, not because it is "hokum," as one critic wrote, but because it bothers me so intensely.”
“This song was the only example of a southern medicine show "hokum" song that Robert recorded;”
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you know that thing where the Eskimos have 50 words for snow?
The show must go on . . . .
When exasperated, vexed or distressed.
Words that mean (more or less) 'nonsense'
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words wot i already knew
My big word list.
Words listed first by me that don't belong in any other list.
The title says it all
Off the straight and narrow; less than straight arrow.
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