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#1459 - 04/18/00 05:55 AM Gibberish
could anyone please tell me about the etymology for this word?
#1460 - 04/19/00 04:15 AM Re: Gibberish
I'm pretty sure it comes from the word "Gibber" - to make the characteristic sound of a monkey. Its an imitative word - according to my Collins Dictionary - 17th century.
(For Ozzies - I see there is another Australian meaning for gibber - boulder or stone, or dry flat area covered in stones - as in gibber plans)
#1461 - 04/22/00 08:27 AM Re: Gibberish
Loc: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
My Shorter Oxford dates "gibberish" as early 16th century and defines it as "unintelligible speech belonging to no known language, a series of meaningless sounds; blundering or ungrammatical talk; nonsense".
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