[Ads-l] bunkum = 'nonsense' (1838)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 18 15:12:23 EST 2017

I incorrectly stated that "'Bunkum' was not yet a noun" in the 1828
citation. In fact, it was a noun; it referred to a county, but it did
not have the modern sense of "buncombe".

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 3:05 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> A citation dated September 27, 1828 in the "Niles' Register" does a
> thorough job explaining "talking to Bunkum" and "talk to Bunkum". This
> citation was listed in the OED and provides interesting background.
> "Bunkum" was not yet a noun.
> https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.32044020186136;view=1up;seq=78

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