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Entry from January 01, 2011
Globaloney (global + baloney)

Congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) gave a forty minute speech before Congress on February 9, 1943. She criticized Vice President Henry Wallace’s global post-war plans. “Much of what Mr. Wallace calls his global thinking is, no matter how you slice it, still ‘globaloney.’” said Luce. The coined word “globaloney” (global + baloney) to mean “global nonsense” became immediately popular.

Another “global” slang term is “globull” (global + bull), popularized in the 2000s in the term “globull warming.”


Wikipedia: Clare Boothe Luce
Clare Boothe Luce (April 10, 1903, New York City – October 9, 1987, Washington D.C.) was an American playwright, editor, journalist, ambassador, socialite and U.S. Congresswoman, representing the state of Connecticut.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
globaloney, n.
Pronunciation:  Brit. /ˌgləʊbəˈləʊni/ , U.S. /ˈˌgloʊbəˈloʊni/
Forms:  19– globaloney, 19– globalony.
Etymology:  Blend of global adj.and baloney n. and int.
orig. and chiefly U.S.
Nonsensical or absurd talk or ideas concerning global issues.
1943 C. B. Luce in Congress. Rec. 9 Feb. 761/3 Much of what Mr. Wallace calls his global thinking is, no matter how you slice it, still ‘globaloney’.
1950 Jrnl. Amer. Statist. Assoc. 45 346 We must beware of any form of ‘globaloney’.
1984 S. Terkel Good War (1985) iii. iv. 351 Barnes invented the term One World, which he wrote for Wendell Willkie. It was described as globaloney.

10 February 1943, New York (NY) Times, pg. 27:
AMERICAN AIR RULE
URGED BY MRS. LUCE
In First House Speech She
Calls Wallace’s Views of Sky
“Freedom” Just “Globaloney”

FOR AVIATION COMMITTEE
Congresswoman Backs Reso-
lutions for Group to Foster
Plane Development

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9—American control of the air must prevail after the war, instead of the Administration’s “freedom of the air” policy, Representative Clare Boothe Luce told the House today, if United States aviation was to ensure the peace and prevent a third World War. More than 150 members, including many Democrats, remained at 6:15 P. M. to hear the playwright’s first address in the House.

Mrs. Luce demanded the formation of a committee of aviation experts to safeguard the nation’s air interests, which, she said, are “challenged.” Her thirty-minute speech, extended to forty by the Speaker, was occasioned by a resolution before the House for a permanent standing committee on civil and commercial aviation.

Characterizing much of Vice President Wallace’s “global thinking” as “globaloney,” Mrs. Luce said that “usually the higher the plane Mr. Wallace puts his economicc arguments upon, the lower, it turns out, American living standards will fall.”

11 February 1943, New York (NY) Times, pg. 40:
Wallace Hits Back at Mrs. Luce for Speech;
First Lady Joins In, Backs His Global View

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10—Vice President Wallace, whose thinking was described by Representative Clare Boothe Luce as “globaloney” in a House speech yesterday, issued a statement of reply today and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt simultaneously aligned herself on his side.

Mr. Wallace suggested in a one-paragraph statement that the Connecticut Republican must have been speaking as an individual, certainly not for her party.

13 February 1943, New York (NY) Times, pg. 13:
LADY ASTOR GIBES
AT “GLOBALONEY”
Says Mrs. Luce’s Reference Is
“Like a Very Stylish and
Ridiculous Hat”

LONDON, Feb. 12 (U.P.)—The American-born Viscountess Asotr, M. P., said today of Representative Calre Boothe Luce’s reference to Vice President Wallace’s global thinking as globaloney:

“Clare Luce’s ‘globaloney’ is too smart for me. It’s like a very stylish and ridiculous hat.”

She gave this advice as a veteran to Mrs. Luce, just starting in politics:

“People who start out to be sensational usually don’t last long.”

Google News Archive
27 February 1943, Spartanburg (SC) Herald, Walter Winchell column, pg. 4, col. 3:
The current curt and clear counter-coining being directed at once lucid (still lovely) Clare Luce, moves Herb Lyon to this: “In retaliation for her neatly-phrased, poorly-constructed ‘globaloney,’” he says, “I’d dub her Congressional tea-room chatter ‘Filly-bluster!’”

11 March 1943, New York (NY) Times, pg. 11:
Calls “Globaloney” “Luce-Ends”
WASHINGTON, March 10 (U.P.)—The phrase coined by Representative Clare Boothe Luce of Connecticut, was answered by another woman today. Mrs. Viena Johnson of Saint Paul, executive secretary of the Minnesota Farm Labor Association, told the National Committee for the Abolition of the Poll Tax that the people were grasping for the proof that after this war there was going to be a better world. She defended the post-war aims of Vice President Wallace and added: “The Congressmen and Congresswomen who talk of ‘globaloney’ are floundering at ‘luce-ends.’”

3 September 1943, New York (NY) Times, pg. 8:
“GLOBALONEY” IS DEFINED
Mrs. Luce Says Word She Coined
Means “Global Nonsense”

MIAMI, Fla., Sept. 2 (AP)—Representative Clare Booth Luce told The Daily News in a letter today that she had decided to stop waiting for a lexicographer to define “globaloney,” the much-debated word she coined, and do the job herself, as follows:

“Globaloney is derived from two words—global, meaning world wide, and baloney, a type of sausage and also a type of nonsense or hooey.

“In other words, globaloney means nonsense on a global scale. It does not, in any sense, condemn or deride the ideals for which the United Nations are fighting. It does not predict chaos in the post-war world, the failure of a sensible system of collective security or discord among the United Nations. It was coined to point out that some of the proposals for the post-war world were so much global nonsense.”

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