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[hoh-kuh m] /ˈhoʊ kəm/

out-and-out nonsense; bunkum.
elements of low comedy introduced into a play, novel, etc., for the laughs they may bring.
sentimental matter of an elementary or stereotyped kind introduced into a play or the like.
false or irrelevant material introduced into a speech, essay, etc., in order to arouse interest, excitement, or amusement.
noun (slang)
claptrap; bunk
obvious or hackneyed material of a sentimental nature in a play, film, etc

1917, theater slang, “melodramatic, exaggerated acting,” probably formed on model of bunkum (see bunk (2)), and perhaps influenced by or based on hocus-pocus.


[1917+; origin unknown; perhaps a blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum]


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