Balderdash means illogical or nonsensical talk or text. Balderdash appears in the sixteenth century to refer to a light, frothy liquid of mixed liquors. Later, in the latter seventeenth century, balderdash came to mean a senseless jumble of words. The origin of the word balderdash is uncertain, perhaps coined from the Welsh baldorddus, meaning idle noisy talk or chatter, or the Dutch word balderen, which means to roar or thunder. In 1984, a board game called Balderdash was released. It is a game in which players supply definitions for obscure words, sometimes the correct definition and sometimes a definition which is balderdash.


To accuse the university of systemic racism without concrete proof and evidence, only accusations and unsubstantiated hearsay, is total balderdash and completely beyond the pale. (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Never mind the psychological balderdash. (The New York Times)

“Clearer than truth” is so deeply embedded in Washington’s genetic code that what results are congressional hearings in which highly intelligent, capable, and dedicated civil servants like Victoria Nuland and Anne Patterson find themselves uttering the most extraordinary balderdash. (The Nation)

The idea of the Jewish world conspiracy, however, was ratified in the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” “an atrociously written piece of reactionary balderdash,” as Cohn puts it, cooked up by the Russian secret police around 1900. (The Wall Street Journal)

The idea that Airbnb is revolutionary is “balderdash,” Calrson said. (USA Today)

As someone who screamed long and loud about past academic troubles in Storrs, permit me a scream to ignore any incoming balderdash. (The Hartford Courant)

Nothing is more loathsome than having journalists sucking up to the establishment and defending the crooked PM with all the balderdash. (The Malaysian Chronicle)

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