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hokum

1. Nonsense. The word is likely a portmanteau of "hocus-pocus" and "bunkum." His explanation is total hokum and doesn't answer the question at all.
2. Trite and mawkish content in a creative work. I guess I was supposed to be crying at that movie's ending, but it just struck me as hokum.
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hokum

(ˈhokəm)
n. nonsense. (see also hocus. Possibly a blend of hocus + bunkum. Possibly a pseudo Latin form of hocus.) No more hokum. I want the truth.
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A bit of holiday hokum here, a serious orchestral piece there, a singalong and so on, and before you know it, the afternoon's over and the audience is all-out, Pops-prepped for the festivities ahead.
Overall, it's quite a good quality piece of hokum, making for a diverting evening in damp Wolverhampton.
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