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It pays to increase your word power

September 28th, 2016Leave a commentGo to comments

Remember that in the Reader’s Digest?  It was a monthly feature where you looked at a word and there was a multiple choice answer.  I have always thought multiple choice questions had more to do with common sense than knowledge. 

Anyhoo, with the debates of last night and the political ads de jure cluttering existance, I thought it time to share a word to increase your word power before the coming election.

bloviate

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verb blo·vi·ate \?bl?-v?-??t\
Popularity: Top 20% of words

Definition of bloviate

bloviated bloviating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to speak or write verbosely and windily

bloviation

play \?bl?-v?-??-sh?n\ noun

Bloviation is a style of empty, pompous political speech particularly associated with Ohio due to the term’s popularization by United States President Warren G. Harding, who, himself a master of the technique, described it as “the art of speaking for as long as the occasion warrants, and saying nothing”.[1] The verb “to bloviate” is the act of creating bloviation. In terms of its etymology, according to one source, the word is a “compound of blow, in its sense of ‘to boast’ (also in another typical Americanism, blowhard), with a mock-Latin ending to give it the self-important stature implicit in its meaning.”.[2]

Well, I’ve bloviated enough for one post

ADDENDUM:

The following is stolen from 538 and is for Josie:

0.9 percent

Nobody wants to hear about other people’s fantasy football teams, but it is rather delightful to rip them. Last week 0.9 percent of ESPN fantasy players started Tom Brady, who is still serving a four game suspension because of Deflategate. Meanwhile, Trevor Siemian of the Denver Broncos did indeed play and was the best QB in Week 3, yet a mere 0.7 percent of players started him. I will never pass up an opportunity to mock New England fans who think a suspended Brady will still outscore players who actually take the field. [SportsCenter]

 

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  1. October 1st, 2016 at 21:30 | #1

    So am I correct in guessing that the version of this where the content is long but actually good is called Robviate?

  2. October 2nd, 2016 at 12:28 | #2

    Rob? Good melody but you can’t dance to it.

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