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Sunday, October 26, 2014


We all should have just used a dictionary. Four years ago, when Wolverine Nation was thrilled over the dismissal of Rich Rodriguez, Brady Hoke came back to Ann Arbor, riding a wave of enthusiasm every time he uttered that famous phrase.
"This is Michigan, for gosh sakes."
The Wolverine faithful were wetting their pants in anticipation of what was yet to come, because they believed it was on the way. Brady Hoke was going to bring them to their Promised Land.

That's when we needed to grab the nearest dictionary, and use it to learn the true meaning of the word "Hoke". Because that's exactly what the University of Michigan got when they hired the big guy from Ball State.

To save you time, we have done the legwork, and the results are below. Here is the true definition of (Brady) HOKE:

From To alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value (usually followed by up; as in, "to hoke up" something)
From Merriam-Webster.comTo give a contrived, falsely impressive, or hokey quality to something —usually used with up;  "hoke up a movie" with lots of action
From  To give an impressive but artificial, false, or deceptive quality to: hoked up some phony allegations. [From hokum.]

Notice the reference to the root word "Hokum" in the third example above. Many definitions of "hoke" refer back to "hokum":

From  Something apparently impressive or legitimate but actually untrue or insincere; nonsense.
From Something apparently impressive or legitimate but actually untrue or insincere; nonsense.

To get a better picture of the meaning of the "Hoke", here are some related words:

absurdity, asininity, fatuity, foolery, idiocy,imbecility, inaneness, inanity, insanity, kookiness, lunacy;absurdness, craziness, madness, senselessness, witlessness;hoity-toity, monkey business, monkeyshine(s),shenanigan(s), tomfoolery; gas, hot air, rigmarole (alsorigamarole); double-talk, greek, hocus-pocus

Finally, to broaden our understanding of the true meaning of "Hoke", here are some synonyms for "hokum":

applesauce [slang], balderdash, baloney (alsoboloney), beans, bilge, blah (also blah-blah), blarney,blather, blatherskite, blither, bosh, bull [slang], bunk,bunkum (or buncombe), claptrap, codswallop [British],crapola [slang], crock, drivel, drool, fiddle, fiddle-faddle,fiddlesticks, flannel [British], flapdoodle, folderol (alsofalderal), folly, foolishness, fudge, garbage, guff, hogwash,hokeypokey, hokum, hoodoo, hooey, horsefeathers [slang],humbug, humbuggery, jazz, malarkey (also malarky),moonshine, muck, nerts [slang], nuts, piffle, poppycock,punk, rot, rubbish, senselessness, silliness, slush, stupidity,taradiddle (or tarradiddle), tommyrot, tosh, trash, trumpery,twaddle

Read those definitions above, along with
the related words and synonyms
and ask yourself, "Is this Michigan Football"?

(fer' gosh sakes)

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