Words: bloviate, v.
Wednesday 19 May 1999
He has even caused a Manhattan rumpus by reviving this 19th-century word. From blow, it means to swell up and declaim pompously. Although used by Gore Vidal, who probably got it from H.L. Mencken, it had been largely abeyant until Rich deployed it last autumn and then saw colleagues latch on to this supremely onomatopoeic word, also needed in an England where such things as the Today programme are rife with bloviators.
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