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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
verb tr.: To expose the falseness of a claim, myth, belief, etc.
After Buncombe, a county in North Carolina. In 1820, Felix Walker, a representative from that area, made a pointless speech in the US Congress. While his colleagues in Congress urged him to stop and move to vote on an issue, Walker claimed that he had to make a speech “for Buncombe”. Eventually, “Buncombe” became a synonym for meaningless speech, became shortened to “bunkum”, and then to “bunk”. And if there’s bunk, it’s one’s duty to debunk. Earliest documented use: 1923.
“They used science to debunk myth and the paranormal -- to keep humanity safe from the real monsters.”
Michele Hauf; Taming the Hunter; Harlequin; 2017.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:To be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship. -Barack Obama, 44th US President (b. 4 Aug 1961)