One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who talks at great length without making much sense.
talker, chatterer, jabberer, babbler, prattler, blatherer, praterView synonyms
- ‘Have you noticed those two blatherskites are creeping ever nearer to usurp you as champion posters?’
- ‘Disillusioned with events in the publishing world, he decided to turn his back on the mainstream bookish blatherskites and focus on independent literary fiction and culture.’
- ‘People who talk a lot and say little are called blatherskites.’
- ‘Many of the books we see these days perched perfectly in high street seasonal window displays are written by static, worn-out, curmudgeonly blatherskites.’
- ‘No self-respecting activist desires to have his cause championed by any such horde of loud-mouthed, blatant blatherskites.’
- ‘Candidates were referred to as blatherskites, big-nothings, stuffed shirts, jellyfish, etc.’
- 1.1 Foolish talk; nonsense.‘politicians get away all the time with obscurantist blatherskite’
- ‘He makes up figures, he makes up stories, and he is full of blatherskite.’
Mid 17th century: from blather + skite, a Scots derogatory term adopted into American colloquial speech during the War of Independence from the Scottish song Maggie Lauder, by F. Semphill, which was popular with American troops.
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