from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of rigmarole.

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  • n. Alternative form of rigmarole.

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  • n. a set of confused and meaningless statements
  • n. a long and complicated and confusing procedure


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  • All that other rigamarole is just for those who cross in a car.

    Army checkpoints

  • For those of you, who like myself 6 years ago, have no idea about what kind of rigamarole getting a PhD involves, I thought I would break it down in a paragraph, as I did for my dad who emailed me the other night asking, "SO YOU ARE REALLY ALMOST DONE WITH THAT PHD?"

    Academic Milestones ... and Hoops

  • Not sure if it makes you feel better, but I went through a near-identical rigamarole to get diagnosed with FMS 17 years ago.

    Health Care Costs Today

  • Medicare does its job better than any private insurer in the U.S. The overhead for Medicare is minuscule in comparison to any private insurer, and it covers beneficiaries without half the bureaucratic rigamarole of the private sector.

    Medicare Gives Good Results, Is Relatively Easy to Use

  • With the GOP and Lieberman already explicitly stating that they intend to delay health care legislation, why should we give him more than the allotted to give us the same ol 'rigamarole?

    MN GOP calls Franken-Lieberman incident an 'embarrassment'

  • Companies are sued just about every day and why put themselves through the rigamarole of a lawsuit when they can just do the right thing in most cases?

    Is Sony legally required to make its games accessible to disabled people? - Boing Boing

  • "Analytic" is of course a nice term to be used whenever it's necessary to distinguish between mere emotional and instinctual artists and real thinkers -- the intellectually rigorous (and properly credentialed) "scholars" who can cut through all the artsy-fartsy rigamarole favored by the "creative" types and let us know what all cultural activites are finally really about.

    Literary Study

  • Carol Marin's column yesterday described some of the characters in Emanuel's residency rigamarole, including attorney Burt Odelson.

    Is Rahm Emanuel Feuding With Cook County Democrats?

  • The country would be better served if they made an effort to keep their crooked cohorts in line instead of wasting time on this rigamarole.

    Google backs up DNC after GOP claims of Goldman conspiracy

  • Here he was all qualified, and because of institutional rigamarole and the folly of surface certification, chronic resume inflation and mere appearances was being thrust into a situation in which judgment might be passed on his abilities by some twenty-year-old back-packer funding his adventure.

    Fateful Realizations of the Unexamined Life « Unknowing


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  • I generally spell rigmarole and pronounce rigamarole. As hard as I try, I can't keep the slight schwa from interloping. Much as how I can barely keep commandment from four syllables.

    October 31, 2009

  • How have I missed this one?

    March 1, 2009

  • rigmarole - 1736, "a long, rambling discourse," from an altered, Kentish colloquial survival of ragman roll "long list or catalogue" (1523), in M.E. a long roll of verses descriptive of personal characters, used in a medieval game of chance called Rageman, perhaps from Anglo-Fr. Ragemon le bon "Ragemon the good," which was the heading on one set of the verses, referring to a character by that name. Sense transferred to "foolish activity or commotion" c.1955, but known orally from 1930s.

    - Online Etymological Dictionary.

    February 28, 2009

  • I know, but it has Italian temperament and personality. In my head, anyway...

    February 28, 2009

  • You know, Lea, I have actually never, ever heard this word in Italian. And I have a feeling it is not Italian at all!

    February 28, 2009

  • Stephen Crane, "The Monster":

    Speak out like a man, and don't give me any more of this tiresome rigamarole. 1899.

    (They say The Americans do it this way. I like it, since it is more italian... Mamma mia! However, I choose no sides, since I have completely another continent myself... ;o})

    February 28, 2009

  • 37 wordies list rigmarole.

    February 28, 2009

  • 31 wordies list rigamarole.

    February 28, 2009

  • Hunh. I have never seen this spelling.

    February 28, 2009

  • Perhaps scaricabarile?

    February 28, 2009

  • Prolagus! Is there a more succinct Italian term for il gioco degli sportelli?

    February 28, 2009

  • PS. And this is so Italian. In so many ways...!

    February 28, 2009

  • My life IS one big rigamarole. Damn! This word IS the meaning of life. *now I know why I felt like returning to wordie, I never would have known this otherwise* Oh, dear.

    February 28, 2009