What to call what Rush Limbaugh does

Randy Alexander strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 19 09:13:47 UTC 2009

On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 1:33 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is there a correlation between the -or spelling of the suffix and
> Compound Stress? Â I don't think I've heard Compound Stress on -er
> spellings, but I've heard the compound stressed, spelling
> prounciations aviaTOR, educaTOR, execuTOR, administraTOR, etc. Â Not
> bloviaTOR, though.

That's what I had in mind (a la Mr Spock).  I've never heard it that
way, of course.  I'm pretty sure I've never even heard any of the
words from the "bloviate" family spoken at all.

> On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 2:23 AM, Randy Alexander
>> On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 2:50 AM, Brian Hitchcock <brianhi at skechers.com> wrote:
>>> At our house, we call Mr. Limbaugh “The Bloviater.â€
>> Shouldn't that be "Bloviator"?
>>> Blo-vi-ate   Â intr.v. blo-vi-at-ed, blo-vi-at-ing, blo-vi-ates   Â Slang
>>> To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner: "the rural Babbitt
>>> who bloviates about 'progress' and 'growth'" (George Rebeck). [Mock-Latinate
>>> formation, from blow.]
>>> (from Farlex Free Dictionary; the site lists three related links above this
>>> definition, all re Bill O’Reilly (!))

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