Bunkum



insincere speechmaking by a politician intended merely to please local constituents.
insincere talk; claptrap; humbug.
Historical Examples

The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
The Hero William Somerset Maugham
The Sorcery Club Elliott O’Donnell
Egyptian Birds Charles Whymper
The Puddleford Papers, H. H. Riley
The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Beauchamp’s Career, Complete George Meredith
Command William McFee
Punch, or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, August 15, 1891 Various
An Ocean Tramp William McFee

noun
empty talk; nonsense
(mainly US) empty or insincere speechmaking by a politician to please voters or gain publicity
n.

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