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mumbo jumbo (MUM-bo JUM-bo) noun
1. Meaningless, unintelligible, complicated, or confusing language.
2. Complicated language or jargon used in order to confuse.
3. An object believed to possess supernatural powers.
[Or uncertain origin, probably from Mandingo, a group of Mande languages in western Africa.]
"Greenland's government, in office for only 37 days, fell
apart because of its civil service chief's penchant for what some
politicians called witch-doctoring, some mumbo jumbo and others
"The master of ceremonies recites some ritual words, and then Taylor
launches into some mumbo-jumbo: 'Consider the great luminary of nature,
which, rising in the east ...'"
This week's theme: words borrowed from African languages.
Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport. -Robert S. Wieder, journalist
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