gobbledygook

gobbledygook
gobbledygook also gobbledegook, "the overinvolved, pompous talk of officialdom" [Klein], 1944, Amer.Eng., first used by U.S. Rep. Maury Maverick, D.-Texas, (1895-1954), a grandson of the original MAVERICK (Cf. 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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  • Gobbledygook — or gobbledegook (sometimes shortened to gobbledegoo, gobbledeegook [ [http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=gobbledeegook gobbledeegook] at urbandictionary.com] or other forms [ [http://uktsupport.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=10342… …   Wikipedia

  • gobbledygook — ☆ gobbledygook [gäb′əl dē gook΄, gäb′əldəgook; gäb′əl dēgo͞ok΄, gäb′əl dəgo͞ok΄ ] n. 〚first used in current sense by Maury Maverick (1895 1954), U.S. Representative: ? echoic of turkey cries〛 Slang talk or writing that is wordy, pompous, etc. and …   Universalium

  • gobbledygook — *nonsense, twaddle, drivel, bunk, balderdash, poppycock, trash, rot, bull …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gobbledygook — [n] jargon balderdash*, baloney*, bosh, bull*, bunk*, cant, drivel, gibberish, hooey*, rigmarole, rubbish*; concepts 275,276 …   New thesaurus

  • gobbledygook — ☆ gobbledygook [gäb′əl dē gook΄, gäb′əldəgook; gäb′əl dēgo͞ok΄, gäb′əl dəgo͞ok΄ ] n. [first used in current sense by Maury Maverick (1895 1954), U.S. Representative: ? echoic of turkey cries] Slang talk or writing that is wordy, pompous, etc. and …   English World dictionary

  • gobbledygook — [“gabldiguk] 1. n. nonsense; officialese or government gibberish. □ I can’t understand all this gobbledygook. □ They must have a full time staff to dream up all this gobbledygook. 2. n. any mess, especially of food. □ Dinner was just gobbledygook …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • gobbledygook — gobbledegook gobbledegook, gobbledygook gobbledygook . The incomprehensible or pompous jargon of specialists; as, psychoanalytic gobbledygook. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gobbledygook — [[t]gɒ̱b(ə)ldiguːk[/t]] also gobbledegook N UNCOUNT (disapproval) If you describe a speech or piece of writing as gobbledygook, you are criticizing it for seeming like nonsense and being very technical or complicated. [INFORMAL] When he asked… …   English dictionary

  • gobbledygook — (= gobbledegook), noun, informal a letter full of legal gobbledygook Syn: gibberish, claptrap, nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, blather, garbage; informal mumbo jumbo, drivel, tripe, hogwash, baloney, bilge, bull, bunk, guff …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • gobbledygook — gobbledegook UK / US or gobbledygook UK [ˈɡɒb(ə)ldɪˌɡuːk] / US [ˈɡɑb(ə)ldɪˌɡuk] noun [uncountable] informal 1) very complicated or technical language that you cannot understand 2) nonsense …   English dictionary

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