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Baloney: Its Just Not True

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2007-2-17

now, the voa special english program, words and their stories.

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baloney is a kind of sausage that many americans eat often. the word also has another meaning in english. it is used to describe something – usually something someone says – that is false or wrong or foolish.

baloney sausage comes from the name of the italian city, bologna. the city is famous for its sausage, a mixture of smoked, spiced meat from cows and pigs. but, boloney sausage does not taste the same as beef or pork alone.

some language experts think this different taste is responsible for the birth of the expression baloney. baloney is an idea or statement that is nothing like the truth...in the same way that baloney sausage tastes nothing like the meat that is used to make it.

baloney is a word often used by politicians to describe the ideas of their opponents.

the expression has been used for years. fifty years ago, a former governor of new york state, alfred smith, criticized some claims by president franklin roosevelt about the successes of the roosevelt administration. smith said, "no matter how thin you slice it, it is still baloney."

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