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

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 19 12:06:11 EST 2017

Some cites are ambiguous, but I'd say the 1835 "spoke Bunkum" (found by
Garson) and the 1838 "talk Bunkum" (found by me) are the earliest we
currently have.

On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 5:33 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> Are there examples of bunkum meaning nonsense, palaver prior to Feb. 1820?

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