It is the season to bloviate….


During every election season commentators and speechwriters like to bring out the word “bloviate” to describe the bombast that comes out of politicians’ mouths. It seems a good time to resurrect the word since we have had recent elections in Canada, and an ongoing campaign in the US, with no end to the bloviating by candidates.

Bloviate is a delightfully onomatopoeic word sounding much like it means.

H.L. Mencken perhaps best caught the essence of bloviation when he described the writings of another President when he said of him:

“It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash.”

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