[gob-uh l-dee-goo k] /ˈgɒb əl diˌgʊk/
language characterized by circumlocution and jargon, usually hard to understand:
the gobbledegook of government reports.
pretentious or unintelligible jargon, such as that used by officials
also gobbledegook, “the overinvolved, pompous talk of officialdom” [Klein], 1944, American English, first used by U.S. Rep. Maury Maverick, D.-Texas, (1895-1954), a grandson of the original maverick and chairman of U.S. Smaller War Plants Corporation during World War II. First used in a memo dated March 30, 1944, banning “gobbledygook language” and mock-threateaning, “anyone using the words activation or implementation will be shot.” Maverick said he made up the word in imitation of turkey noise. Another word for it, coined about the same time, was bafflegab (1952).
Pretentious and scarcely intelligible language, esp of the sort attributed to bureaucrats, sociologists, etc
[coined in 1944 by Representative Maury Maverick of Texas]
[gob-ler] /ˈgɒb lər/ noun 1. a male turkey. [gob-ler] /ˈgɒb lər/ noun 1. a person or thing that or consumes voraciously or quickly: a gobbler of science fiction. /ˈɡɒblə/ noun 1. (informal) a male turkey n. 1737, “turkey cock,” agent noun from gobble (v.2). As “one who eats greedily” 1755, from gobble (v.1). noun A […]
[gob-ee] /ˈgɒb i/ adjective, gobbier, gobbiest. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. 1. . /ˈɡɒbɪ/ adjective -bier, -biest 1. (informal) loudmouthed and offensive
[gob-uh-lin, goh-buh-; French gaw-blan] /ˈgɒb ə lɪn, ˈgoʊ bə-; French gɔˈblɛ̃/ adjective 1. made at the tapestry factory established in Paris in the 15th century by the Gobelins, a French family of dyers and weavers. 2. resembling the tapestry made at the Gobelin factory. /ˈɡəʊbəlɪn; French ɡɔblɛ̃/ adjective 1. of or resembling tapestry made at […]
- Go berserk
Erupt in furious rage, become crazily violent. For example, When they announced the gymnast’s score, her coach went berserk. This expression is believed to allude to the name of Norse warriors renowned for their ferocity in battle and for wearing no armor but a bearskin shirt (or berserkar). [ Late 1800s ] Also see: go […]