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- noun Empty or insincere talk; claptrap.
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- noun slang senseless talk;
nonsense; a piece of nonsense (countable)
- noun any bombastic political posturing or an oratorical display not accompanied by conviction; speechmaking designed for show or public applause.
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- noun unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
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This whole “new way” line of bunkum is all smoke and mirrors.
But in recent days the government has stepped up its defense of the plans, with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Tuesday describing criticism of the tax as "bunkum" and "balderdash."
Now, however, upon the repeated expression of fears from Lyons that this might be more than mere "bunkum," Russell began to instruct
Queen's College, under "old Jack's" rule; and, having kept up the acquisition, I found it now of considerable use, for, it caused me to be sent about much more than might otherwise have been the case -- to report the speeches of prominent public men, whether they were "stumping the provinces" throughout the Union, or basking in the blazing "bunkum" of the capital at Washington.
It will suffice to state that ninety-seven were relegated to the "bunkum" pocket, and seven retained as conveying intelligent orders worthy of consideration.
It is superfluous to mention that the whole of the messages sent by the local intelligence departments and by the De Wet expert were dismissed as "bunkum," often without perusal.
If any one were to ask him how people are to live within their means when they've not got any, he would reply with the word "bunkum" and clinch the argument with a grunt.
At some seminary or other a master wrote "bunkum" on an essay, and the student couldn't make the letters out -- thought it was a Latin word "luckum."
To the petulant outbreaks on this question of the professors of "bunkum" which some of the latest accounts tell us have not been wanting, even in the comparatively sedate discussions of the Senate, we attached little weight, for we believed they were no longer in accordance with the feeling of the
Mr. Seward has talked some nonsense of the "bunkum" kind about the seizure of Canada, but this he will now, being in a responsible position, be inclined speedily to forget, and we shall be happy to imitate him.