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gobbledygook

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(Noun) used to describe meaningless jargon, unnecessarily complex or nonsensical phrases that makes the writer's message unintelligible.

(etymological note: First coined by Maurey Maverick, a US Senator, on 30 March 1944 in his frustration at the "convoluted language of bureaucrats", deriving the word from an onomatopoeic imitation of a the sound a turkey makes.)
Usage: "To the ordinary guy, all this is a bunch of gobbledygook. But out of the gobbledygook comes a very clear thing: you can't trust the government; you can't believe what they say, and you can't rely on their judgment."
(H.R. Haldeman, President Nixon's chief of staff, recording made in the Oval Office, June 14, 1971)


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