|hogwash||(noun) Worthless, false, or ridiculous speech or writing; nonsense.|
|Synonyms:||bunkum, guff, rot|
|Usage:||The entire article is hogwash, and I demand that you print a retraction posthaste!|
Pronunciation: /rɪˈtrakt/Translate retract | into French | into German | into Italian | into Spanish
Origin:late Middle English: from Latin retract- 'drawn back', from the verb retrahere (from re- 'back' + trahere 'drag'); the senses 'withdraw (a statement') and 'go back on' via Old French from retractare 'reconsider' (based on trahere 'drag')
Origin:mid 16th century: from the direction ‘haste, post, haste’, formerly given on letters
|claptrap||(noun) Pompous or pretentious talk or writing.|
|Synonyms:||blah, bombast, fustian, rant|
|Usage:||He talks a lot of pretentious claptrap and rarely gets down to brass tacks.|
cláptràp[cláp・tràp][名][U]（人気取りのための）誠意のない［場当たりの］言葉, はったり, 口からの出まかせ.
Empty or insincere talk; claptrap.
[After Buncombe, a county of western North Carolina, from a remark made around 1820 by its congressman, who felt obligated to give a dull speech "for Buncombe".]