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Bloviation is a style of empty, pompous political speech particularly associated with Ohio due to the term's popularization by United States President Warren G. Harding, who, himself a master of the technique, described it as "the art of speaking for as long as the occasion warrants, and saying nothing".[1] The verb "to bloviate" is the act of creating bloviation. In terms of its etymology, according to one source, the word is a "compound of blow, in its sense of 'to boast' (also in another typical Americanism, blowhard), with a mock-Latin ending to give it the self-important stature implicit in its meaning."[2]


"Bloviation" in Ohio originally meant idle chatter.[3][4] Used to refer to a form of political speech, it appears in the Debates and Proceedings of the Convention for the Revision of the Constitution of the State of Ohio in the mid 19th century.[3]

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