Aug. 11th, 2012

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Not the OED word of the day this time, this was passed on by a friend (thanks, Liz!)

Bloviate

blo·vi·ate/ˈblōvēˌāt/

Verb: To talk at length, esp. in an inflated or empty way.

I will have to track this one down and see where it originated. Was there perhaps a Mr. Blo?

Merriam Webster;
"perhaps irregular from blow
First Known Use: circa 1879"

"Perhaps" - meaning they're guessing.

Free dcitionay.com says: " Mock-Latinate formation, from blow "

And here's a much better explanation.
http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-blo1.htm 
"This word — meaning to speak pompously — is almost entirely restricted to the United States; it doesn’t appear in any of my British English dictionaries, not even the bigOxford English Dictionary or the very recent New Oxford Dictionary of English. Yet it has a long history...."
Which he then gives, in detail.

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