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or gobbledygook

[gob-uh l-dee-goo k] /ˈgɒb əl diˌgʊk/
language characterized by circumlocution and jargon, usually hard to understand:
the gobbledegook of government reports.
Origin of gobbledegook
First recorded in 1940-45; fanciful formation from gobble2
gibberish, doubletalk, bosh, mumbo jumbo. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gobbledygook


pretentious or unintelligible jargon, such as that used by officials
Word Origin
C20: whimsical formation from gobble²
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Word Origin and History for gobbledygook

also gobbledegook, "the overinvolved, pompous talk of officialdom" [Klein], 1944, American English, first used by U.S. Rep. Maury Maverick, D.-Texas, (1895-1954), a grandson of the original maverick and chairman of U.S. Smaller War Plants Corporation during World War II. First used in a memo dated March 30, 1944, banning "gobbledygook language" and mock-threateaning, "anyone using the words activation or implementation will be shot." Maverick said he made up the word in imitation of turkey noise. Another word for it, coined about the same time, was bafflegab (1952).

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Slang definitions & phrases for gobbledygook



Pretentious and scarcely intelligible language, esp of the sort attributed to bureaucrats, sociologists, etc

[coined in 1944 by Representative Maury Maverick of Texas]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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