from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Mechanical, repetitive words used without understanding or consideration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mechanical state of the mind in which reflective consciousness plays little or no part: alluding to the parrot which remembers and repeats words of which it does not know the sense.
Latin psittaci, "parrot", and -ism. (Wiktionary)
It is easy to affirm this separation, thanks to the psittacism of the words, which are here used like counterfeit coin, but we cannot represent it to ourselves, for it corresponds to nothing.