Pronounced: EH-puh-goan, noun
Notes: This looked Greek to me, but I couldn’t figure out the meaning
The word hokum means
- Trite material introduced to evoke an emotional response from an audience
This word is just over 100 years old, coming into English in the 1910s
Background / Comments
I thought that this word meant “nonsense” (the first definition above), but was unaware of the second meaning. I thought that the word “hoke” was the second meaning, but apparently, they are interchangeable. I ran across “hoke” (but maybe “hokum”) near the end of the film Holiday Inn. Our word was created by combining hocus-pocus with bunkum.