Jan. 9th, 2017

galimatias

Jan. 9th, 2017 08:06 am
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galimatias (gal-uh-MAY-shee-uhs, gal-uh-MAHT-ee-uhs) - n., nonsense, gobbledygook; a confused medley.


Note that despite the -s, this is a singular noun: indeed, the older form was galimatia. This is from French (first attested by Montaigne, ported to English in Urquhart’s 1653 translation of Rabelais) but whence is, to put it mildly, obscure -- there are many theories, enough that transcribing would turn this post into a galimatias of etymology, so never mind. (For the record, gobbledygook is surprisingly hard to spell before my first coffee.)

---L.

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