tub-thumping

Julie_UM

Senior Member
Argentina, Spanish
What exactly does "tub-thumping" mean?
In the WR dictionary, it says "oratoria demagógica" but I don't quite understand the meaning.
Could anyone enlarge on this? Provide some context maybe?
Thanks in advance!
 
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    Picture someone slapping or hitting with their hands to make noise, as a sign of support or for oratorical emphasis.
    Thus, a tub-thumper is someone who is making a loud, grandiose statement, trying to call attention or to rouse support, related to "grandstanding."
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    From etymonline:
    tub: "open wooden vessel," c.1386, from M.L.G., M.Du., or M.Flem. tubbe, of uncertain origin. Related to O.H.G. zubar "vessel with two handles, wine vessel," Ger. Zuber. Considered to be unrelated to L. tubus (see tube); one theory connects it to the root of two based on the number of handles. Also 17c. slang for "pulpit;" hence tub-thumper (1662) "speaker or preacher who thumps the pulpit for emphasis."
     

    Klystron29

    Senior Member
    Guernsey, GB English
    A tub-thumper is a person who loudly and vigorously expresses their support for somthing. Imagine a football fan, as an example, who is shouting and jumping up and down in support of their team. This would be called Tub-thumping. Tub-thumping can be displayed in many other situations where a person is very much in agreement or support of something.
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    The origins of this phrase can be found at the end of bibliolept's post. A tub-thumper is a speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a ranter.

    Typically, a tub-thumper has extreme views of some kind and is never going to change those views. His (they are almost always male) aim in life is to convince the world to accept his views, and to completely ignore any suggestion that he is wrong. Imagine someone speaking in public with that degree of self-confidence and self-deluded authority.
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    The origins of this phrase can be found at the end of bibliolept's post. A tub-thumper is a speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a ranter.

    Typically, a tub-thumper has extreme views of some kind and is never going to change those views. His (they are almost always male) aim in life is to convince the world to accept his views, and to completely ignore any suggestion that he is wrong. Imagine someone speaking in public with that degree of self-confidence and self-deluded authority.
    Which is why in BE, tub-thumper is a common way of referring to politicians (as is my understanding), especially populist demagogues or reactionaries blinded by ideology.
     
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