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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Word of the Day, One of my Favorites

Word of the Day for Thursday August 5, 2004 (from Dictoinary.com's word of the day)

bloviate \BLOH-vee-ayt\, intransitive verb:
To speak or write at length in a pompous or boastful manner.

Anyone who has ever spent an idle morning watching the
Washington talk shows has probably wondered: how did these
people become entitled to earn six-figure salaries
bloviating about the week's headlines?
--Robert Worth, "Quick! The Index!" [1]New York Times, June
3, 2001

After five years as president and thirty years as a
political figure, this colossal oaf is still unable to
discipline his urge to... bloviate.
--R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., [2]American Spectator, December
19, 1997

We follow him minute by minute through a day in his office
-- bloviating amiably with colleagues on the telephone,
letting his secretary rewrite his clumsy letters and
worrying about the possible hatred of his subordinates.
--John Brooks, "Fiction of the Managerial Class," [3]New
York Times, April 8, 1984
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Bloviate is from blow + a mock-Latinate suffix -viate. Compare
blowhard, "a boaster or braggart." Bloviation is the noun
form; a bloviator is one who bloviates.

Trivia: Bloviate is closely associated with U.S. President
Warren G. Harding, who used it frequently and who was known
for long, windy speeches. H.L. Mencken said of him, "He writes
the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me
of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing
on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college
yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It
is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags
itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up
the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is
flap and doodle. It is balder and dash."

References

1. http://www.nytimes.com/
2. http://www.spectator.org/
3. http://www.nytimes.com/

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=9&q=bloviate

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