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Word of the Day Bloviate
The first time I heard this word I thought it was being made up. I couldn’t believe it is a real word. It is so perfect. It sounds like exactly what it means. It’s not quite onomatopoeic, but still, I love it!
Wordnik defines it as, “To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner”.1 I think I like President Warren G. Harding’s description of it better, as "the art of speaking for as long as the occasion warrants, and saying nothing".2
Bloviate is fantastic because there really is no other single word which so aptly encapsulates the “hot-air balloons”3 filling up the TV these days (FOX News I’m talking mostly to you).
So now, while watching cable news for instance, instead of yelling crass four letter words at the screen, I can shout “Bloviator” at them and feel much more satisfied.
It really is a fun word when you start playing around with the ending. Take these for instance:
“Your bloviative tripe is ridiculous.”
“That was an extraordinary bloviation.”
“Bloviators give me nightmares.”
“GOOD LORD!! IT’S THE BLOVIATHAN!!”
Who deserves the title as the Bloviathan
junkseller January 24, 2011