One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An artificial, highly elaborate way of writing or speaking.
bluster, pomposity, ranting, rant, nonsense, empty talk, humbug, wind, blather, blether, claptrapView synonyms
- ‘They are mainly made up of long speeches with little action, and their style to some extent anticipates Lyly's euphuism.’
Late 16th century: from Euphues, the name of a character in John Lyly's prose romance of the same name (1578–80), from Greek euphuēs ‘well endowed by nature’, from eu ‘well’ + the base of phuē ‘growth’.
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