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rigmarole

[ rig-muh-rohl ]
/ ˈrɪg məˌroʊl /
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noun
an elaborate or complicated procedure: to go through the rigmarole of a formal dinner.
confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk.
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Also rig·a·ma·role [rig-uh-muh-rohl] /ˈrɪg ə məˌroʊl/

Origin of rigmarole

First recorded in 1730–40; alteration of ragman roll
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rigmarole

rigamarole

/ (ˈrɪɡməˌrəʊl) /

noun
any long complicated procedure
a set of incoherent or pointless statements; garbled nonsense

Word Origin for rigmarole

C18: from earlier ragman roll a list, probably a roll used in a medieval game, wherein various characters were described in verse, beginning with Ragemon le bon Ragman the good
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