May 11, 2024

MAY 11: American satire (prolongation): hokum

Author's Note:
oakum: naval term for a caulking material prepared by impregnating old unravelled ropes with tar
locum (tenens): Latin loanword for a replacement or substitute for a vacationing professional (doctor, dentist or lawyer)

hokum: a term of disparagement for misguided proposals or ideas, akin to gobbledegook and its lexicographic collaborators

Almost three years after the event, in August 2023, it was promised that there would be released "irrefutable" and "overwhelming" evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 American presidential election. The promise, made amidst a welter of criminal indictments, was quickly withdrawn.

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