Bloviations—word of the day

text: wrote Thomas Carlisle. [...] For all the bloviations of Victorian moralists, the late 19th century saw the beginning of a long decline in working hours. [...]

Word of the day: bloviation. Thanks to James Marriott in Sunday magazine for this delicious new-to-me word. I’m surprised it’s not on everyone’s daily tongue.

To bloviate means:

  • To orate pompously; used especially of politicians and news commentators.
  • To speak or discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner.

No wonder I couldn’t work out the meaning from lexical cues: it’s supposedly derived from “blow” (as in blowhard).

This word of the day may or may not be the first of many on a Monday. We’ll see.

9 thoughts on “Bloviations—word of the day

  1. simplywendi says:

    thank you for teaching me a new word today!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Could be handy!

      1. simplywendi says:

        absolutely! 🙂

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I remember being delighted when I learned this word as a kid. Glad to be reminded of it since it is very apt in the U.S. at the moment.

  3. alison41 says:

    I love it! shall use it at the first opportunity

  4. I may attempt to use it 5 times daily!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:


  5. lynmacgtn says:

    Always love a new word and I particularly like the tags you put on this post. Brexit? Yes, for sure!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Hm, you noticed.

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