PRONUNCIATION: (vuhr-BIJ-uh-rayt)

MEANING: verb intr.: To obsessively repeat meaningless words and phrases.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin verbigerare (to talk, chat), from verbum (word) + gerere (to carry on). Earliest documented use: 1656.

VERBIGERA TEA - a soothing brew made from the bark of verbigera trees

VERBIAGE RATE - number of meaningless words/phrases per minute

VERB ICE-RATE - refrigeration fee (new word, gaining popularity since Global Warming became an issue.)