One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nonsense, rubbish, garbage, claptrap, balderdash, blather, blether, moonshineView synonyms
- ‘There are reports of dioxins and suchlike but that's poppycock.’
- ‘So although that doctrine sounds wonderful, it is a lot of poppycock and codswallop to say that we should all be tolerant of everybody and should not have any standards.’
- ‘‘It was all absolute nonsense, complete poppycock,’ said Lennon.’
- ‘Which, of course, is pure poppycock, but perhaps inevitable.’
- ‘While it is easier to cast these rumours aside as poppycock, some of them are definitely worth paying attention to.’
- ‘‘It's absolute poppycock (that we demanded money from them),’ she said.’
- ‘To a narrow-minded military man like Darling, talk of rights was poppycock.’
- ‘He said: ‘I say poppycock to claims this county is safe.’’
- ‘All this poppycock about not having educated workforces, all this stuff about, well, you're crying protectionism, you're China-bashing.’
- ‘And all this talk of it being a man's world is pure balderdash, poppycock and gibberish.’
- ‘It should have been called nonsense and poppycock, but it was tempting to believe it as prices just kept rocketing.’
- ‘To address all of this, I should start by saying from the offset that I view ‘summer reading’ as a load of poppycock.’
- ‘Currently many people care to have discussions as if they have something to say but there is no sound when they move their lips, just a bunch of poppycock.’
- ‘And to suggest that Ireland, as a sovereign Republic, should not be entitled to lay down certain conditions for citizenship on the grounds that this might somehow be racist or unjustly discriminatory is pure poppycock.’
- ‘What we hear from the provincial government that there is no money is poppycock.’
- ‘I've got to say that it's absolute balderdash and poppycock.’
- ‘It's a load of poppycock we hear talked about us, but it's a great motivational tool.’
- ‘This, of course, is poppycock, and Marx knew that full well.’
- ‘Therefore, when Dr Yates argues that children should start counting from zero, we know that he is attempting to popularize poppycock.’
Mid 19th century: from Dutch dialect pappekak, from pap ‘soft’ + kak ‘dung’.
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