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EtymologyEdit

Attested, at first in American English, since about 1917, probably a blend of hocus-pocus +‎ bunkum.[1][2]

NounEdit

hokum (usually uncountable, plural hokums)

  1. (informal) Meaningless nonsense with an outward appearance of being impressive and legitimate.
    • 2013, Mike D'Angelo, "Review of Short Term 12":
      A war gets fought between authenticity and hokum in Short Term 12, and it ends in an uneasy truce.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ hokum” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ hokum” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.

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