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blatherskite

blath-er-skahyt ] 

noun

a person given to voluble, empty talk.

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WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF BLATHERSKITE?

Blatherskite “one who is given to voluble, empty talk,” which dates from the middle of the 19th century, was originally and remains mostly an Americanism. Blatherskite is a variant of Scottish bletherskate, which dates from the mid-17th century and is a compound of the verb blether or blather “to talk nonsense” and the Anglo-American slang word skate “person, contemptible person, broken-down horse.” Another variant, bladderskate, appears in the traditional Scottish song “Maggie Lauder,” which was popular among American soldiers during the American Revolution.

HOW IS BLATHERSKITE USED?

This appeared to deeply offend Deputy Gregorig, who shouted back at Iro, “You cowardly blatherskite, say that again!”MARK TWAIN, “STIRRING TIMES IN AUSTRIA,” HARPER’S MAGAZINE, MARCH 1898

Ms. Murphy had already developed, for one reason or another, a reputation for fragility, and the blatherskites around Broadway began whispering.CAMPBELL ROBERTSON, “NO ILL FEELINGS: PRODUCERS BET ON A ‘SUPERWOMAN,'” NEW YORK TIMES, APRIL 30, 2007

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