Balaam

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Etymology[edit]

The journalism sense is an allusion to the miracle of Balaam's ass speaking; see talk out one's ass.

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Balaam

  1. A diviner in the Torah.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), Numbers 22:28::
      And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

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Noun[edit]

Balaam ‎(plural Balaams)

  1. (slang, archaic, journalism) A paragraph describing something wonderful, used to fill out a newspaper column.

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