I Think You're Full of Blarney

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Blarney is a noun defined as flattering or wheedling talk; cajolery or deceptive or misleading talk; nonsense; hooey. It is used to recognize someone else’s nonsense such as excuses, lies, or misdirection. In a phrase such as “I think you’re full of blarney” the speaker is using a metaphor to question the ideas being communicated and recognizing the eloquent speech in a light and laughable phrase.

Blarney originates from Blarney Castle in Ireland, constructed 1446, where the stone of eloquence is built into the battlements and known as the Blarney Stone. According to legend, if a person kisses the stone they are granted the power of eloquence. The stone has several theorized histories including the Stone of Ezel, an oracular throne, or the Stone of Destiny known for its prophetic power of royal succession.


Blarney. (2020). In Dictionary.com. Retrieved June 20, 2020, from https://www.dictionary.com/browse/blarney

Blarney Castle (2020, February 20). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 20, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blarney_Castle

Kiss The Blarney Stone (n.d.). In Blarney Castle & Gardens. Retrieved June 20, 2020, from https://blarneycastle.ie/pages/kiss-the-blarney-stone

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