Word – Gobbledygook
Gobbledygook – Word of the Day
Language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of technical terms.
The term gobbledygook was coined by Maury Maverick, a former congressman from Texas and former mayor of San Antonio. When Maverick was chairman of the Smaller War Plants Corporation during World War II, he sent a memorandum that said: “Be short and use plain English. … Stay off gobbledygook language.” Maverick defined gobbledygook as “talk or writing which is long, pompous, vague, involved, usually with Latinized words.” The allusion was to a turkey, “always gobbledygobbling and strutting with ridiculous pomposity.”
- Enough with this gobbledygook and explain it in simple English! How much do I owe in taxes?
- Oh come on Humphrey, stop spewing this gobbledygook and tell me whether I should support this policy or not.
- One of the many criticisms of the new constitution was that it was too hard to understand; that it was essentially gobbledygook.
- Filling up your essay with abstruse gobbledygook will not win you points with your professor. So don’t try to impress him in that way.
- I tried attending law school, but the professors were simply spouting gobbledygook. I couldn’t understand a word.