Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 19th, 2020. Gobbleldygook.


It’s Sunday, and time for the 19th prompt for Just Jot it January 2020, brought to us via Linda G Hill’s Just Jot it January by Jim. Thank you so much, Jim! Please be sure to visit his blog to read his post and say hello. And follow him while you’re there!.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 19th, 2020, is “gobbledygook.” Use the word “gobbledygook” any way you’d like. Have fun!

What exactly is gobbledygook, and where does the word come from? Apparently Texas Congressman Maury Maverick coined the word in 1944 to describe the frustrating jargon used by policymakers in Washington. It reminded him of the sound of turkeys gobbling.

Gobbledygook is another word for gibberish or jargonese! Take a look at any official or governmental forms. In every day life it can be referred to as verbal diorreha. If I am stressed or frightened I am guilty of verbal diorreha and gobbleldygook.

Gobbleldygook

Gobbleldygook pouring from your mouth

Meaningless words drop out going south

Like a headless turkeys the gibberish spills

Talking such rubbish exaggerats our ills.

Here is an example of Gobbledygook

Your enquiry about the use of the entrance area at the library for the purpose of displaying posters and leaflets about Welfare and Supplementary Benefit rights, gives rise to the question of the provenance and authoritativeness of the material to be displayed. Posters and leaflets issued by the Central Office of Information, the Department of Health and Social Security and other authoritative bodies are usually displayed in libraries, but items of a disputatious or polemic kind, whilst not necessarily excluded, are considered individually.

And here is the the above in plain English.

Thank you for your letter asking for permission to put up posters in the library. Before we can give you an answer we will need to see a copy of the posters to make sure they won’t offend anyone.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Jan 19, 2020 @ 16:52:11

    I love the word gobbledygook!

    Reply

  2. newepicauthor
    Jan 19, 2020 @ 17:21:01

    Nope, but I always liked the word and I use it for many things. John Holton did include a different meaning from yours and I enjoyed that also.

    Reply

  3. newepicauthor
    Jan 19, 2020 @ 18:12:50

    Thanks for explaining all of that.

    Reply

  4. philosophermouseofthehedge
    Jan 19, 2020 @ 20:48:32

    Just got a big chuckle out of this – so true about the current use of language

    Reply

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