flummery flummery

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a bland custard or pudding especially of oatmeal
  2. (n) meaningless ceremonies and flattery

Usage(s):

  1. Jefferson was so opposed to Old World pomp and flummery that he wanted George Washington to be inaugurated privately in the general's own home.
  2. He has now proposed a new and costly round of corporate tax breaks and a summer gasoline-tax holiday that is just the sort of flummery he has traditionally opposed.
  3. This is flummery, although of a very high order.

News

  • A 150-year-late Gettysburg Address retraction and 5 other ridiculously belated apologies

    This retraction took the form of an editorial, formally recanting an infamous editorial by the paper's Civil War predecessor, The Patriot & Union, belittling Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as forgettable flummery. You can read the original editorial in The Patriot-News' retraction or the accompanying article explaining how the paper "earned itself an enduring place in history for having ...
    on November 15, 2013     Source: The Week via Yahoo! News

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