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Jan 2, 2018
This week’s theme
Blend words

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voluntourism
hokum
squirl
satisfice
scrouge

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hokum

PRONUNCIATION:
(HO-kuhm)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Nonsense.
2. Trite material introduced to evoke an emotional response from an audience.

ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of hocus-pocus + bunkum. Earliest documented use: 1917.

USAGE:
“I don’t see how Mr. Niles expects me to spin 400 more pages of this ‘Little Women’ hokum, but I suppose I must.”
Elise Hooper; The Other Alcott: A Novel; William Morrow; 2017.

See more usage examples of hokum in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (2 Jan 1920-1992)

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