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Hokum

[hō-kəm]

Part of speech: noun

1.

Nonsense

2.

Contrived material in a film or performance

Examples of Hokum in a sentence

"His showmanship was impressive, but the solutions he sold were really just hokum."

"All of this hokum is just meant to distract from the fact that Harold doesn't really have a plan."

About Hokum

Though hokum's roots are unclear, some believe it is a combination of two similar American inventions: hocus-pocus and bunkum.

Did you Know?

Hokum has uncertain origins, and seems to be a uniquely American invention with no clear roots in other languages — a rare find in English.

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