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Author Topic: What a bunch of Buncombe!  (Read 235 times)
Ron
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« on: February 13, 2019, 05:07:32 PM »

Actually itĺs not bunkum at all but a little essay about bromides and bunkum.

ôBromides are very often mixed with bunkum, and bunkum is not simply nonsense.  As you may know, the word bunkum (and bunk) entered our vocabulary in 1820, when Felix Walker, a congressman from North Carolina, rose in the House and delivered an irrelevant speech that he hoped would impress his constituents back in Buncombe County.  The irrelevance of Walkerĺs speech was particularly striking, and unwelcome, because he chose to deliver it in the midst of the heated debate leading up to the Missouri Compromise.  In one version of the story, some irritated congressmen had begun to leave the chamber when Walker told those who remained that they might leave as well, since he ôwas only speaking for Buncombe.ö

https://orthosphere.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/bromides-and-bunkum/
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2019, 05:37:06 PM »

 ^ Bunk.
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2019, 06:00:23 PM »

^ Bunk.

Iĺm reasonably confident in the story.

The online etymological dictionaries confirmed the story and it doesnĺt show up in Websterĺs 1828 dictionary.
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I spent a week in that town one night....


« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2019, 06:06:04 PM »

I've spent a week in this town one night. 


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buncombe,_Illinois
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 10:08:34 PM »

I actually accept the story.  I just couldn't resist.  I'm weak.  Weak as water.
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