The word ‘bunkum,’ which means ‘insincere talk, especially from a politician,’ comes from this county. In February of 1820, NC Representative of House Felix Walker, known for his frivolous speeches, addressed the House for the Missouri Compromise in defense of Buncombe County. The speech was known for him declaring “I shall not be speaking to the House, but to Buncombe” and was remembered as a pointless speech, becoming synonymous with ‘buncombe’ and eventually evolving into ‘bunk.’