Spiro Agnew delivered his 'nattering nabob' speech on this day in 1970

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A person of wealth and prominence
clues: Bigwig; Big cheese; High muckety-muck; Influential individual; Man of means; Person of high status; Fat cat; Wealthy one
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“Impudent Snobs” by Spiro Agnew

In colloquial usage in English (since 1612), adopted in other Western languages, the corrupted form nabob (never officially awarded, but homophonous with the Bengali pronunciation) was erroneously used instead of Nawab but, also, since 1764 to refer to commoners: a merchant-leader of high social status and wealth or a capitalist. It can also be used metaphorically for people who have a grandiose style or manner of speech, as in Spiro Agnew's famous dismissal of the press as "nattering nabobs of negativism".

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