Saturday, September 26, 2009

That's a Bunch of Blarney!


funny word of the day: blarney

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

blar·ney
Pronunciation: \ˈblär-nē\
Function: noun
Etymology: Blarney stone, a stone in Blarney Castle, near Cork, Ireland, held to bestow skill in flattery on those who kiss it
Date: 1784
1 : skillful flattery : blandishment
2 : nonsense, humbug

— blarney verb

Blarney legend - The seeds of the 'gift of gab' legend might trace back all the way to Queen Elizabeth I. The story goes something like this; Lord Blarneys' particular talent was distracting (and sidetracking) his colleagues during conversation. It was a talent he particularly used with zest any time there was a promise he was requested to keep. And, Lord Blarney had made a number of promises to the Queen. In fast, after repeated efforts to gain Blarneys' cooperation, the Queen could only express her frustration by repeating "Blarney, Blarney". Thus, the word "Blarney" became synonyms with someone who tells a good but untrue story.

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