TV preachers do it, politicians do it, commentators do it, and other pompous speakers can be accused of bloviating. Love that word. I think that Bill O’Reilley has recently popularized the hitherto seldom used word. What does it mean? It has been described as “a style of empty, pompous, political speech which originated in Ohio and was used by United States President, Warren G. Harding who described it as ‘the art of speaking for as long as the occasion warrants, and saying nothing'”. It is filling the air to fill time or the other way around – it is simply speech that does not matter much. I seek not to do that with my blog or my speech but I suppose all of us can be accused of bloviating at times. I prefer what Jesus says, “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37
Our speech and actions should mean something and serve ourselves and others in positive upbuilding ways. Keep that in mind as you go into your day or as you prepare for tomorrow. Don’t bloviate. Oh, also tell both parties in our country – two day conventions are enough. If we are concerned about cost cutting and debt – cut our some of the bloviating for four days.
One last thought; though most people wont recognize the “buck stops here” president, Harry Truman was a man of his word for the most part and not given to bloviating. Let’s take a page out of his speech book; we’ve got better things to do.