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Tuesday, September 10

Blatherskite

[bla-thər-skīt]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Scottish English, 17th century

1.

Nonsense

2.

A person who is prone to speaking nonsense

Examples of Blatherskite in a sentence

"I don't want to hear your blatherskite — I need you to speak clearly about things that really matter."

"The teacher had great insights, but he was such a blatherskite that his students never understood them."

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About Blatherskite

William Shakespeare's play, "Much Ado About Nothing," features a character named Dogberry who is a bit of a blatherskite — he speaks in nonsense throughout much of his time onstage.

Did you Know?

We have the Scots to thank for this word, which originated from a slightly profane term. Thanks to its appearance in a Scottish song that was popular during the Revolutionary War, blatherskite lost its edge and became commonly used in American English.

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