December 4, 2006


Word-a-Day (Wordsmith, 12/04/06)

flummery (FLUHM-uh-ree) noun

1. Any of various desserts made of flour, milk, eggs, etc.

2. Empty compliment; complete nonsense.

[From Welsh llymru, from llym (sour or sharp). Originally, it was
a kind of porridge or pap, made by soaking oatmeal in water for a
long time, until it has turned sour.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 4, 2006 7:46 AM
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