from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Unclear, wordy jargon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Nonsense; meaningless or encrypted language.
- n. Something written in an overly complex, incoherent, or incomprehensible manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. incomprehensible or pompous jargon of specialists
Congressman Maury Maverick, who coined the term gobbledygook (1944). (wikipedia)
New Class gobbledygook, which is more prevalent than ever, is also more destructive than ever because the government itself is doing more than ever.
Apparently, some issues with signal, lost data packets, modem configurations, IP accessibility and other gobbledygook are at fault.
And if, as I believe he does, Woods wonders why the academic discourse on literature is conducted in a language called gobbledygook, then the answer is surely perfectly clear.
CNN: A push to simplify credit card 'gobbledygook'
And yet, the Plain English Campaign says on their webpage that they're "campaigning against gobbledygook"; what sort of non-English speaker would know what "gobbledygook" is?
I mean, that's what critics are saying; this is just basically kind of gobbledygook you're talking about.
One judge told the government its courtroom arguments were "gobbledygook" and invited its lawyer to return to his office and "have a big chuckle."
At another point in the hearing, Edwards told the FCC's lawyer that his arguments were "gobbledygook" and "nonsense."
As for Aciman's view of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, while I take (and at the time took) the point about heavy-handed literalness, to describe it as "gobbledygook" simply betrays a failure to understand the English language.