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Mar 28, 2018
This week’s theme
Words described using their anagrams

This week’s words
listerize
adulatory
babble
metathesis
blate

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babble

PRONUNCIATION:
(BAB-uhl)

MEANING:
noun:1. Foolish, excited, or incoherent chatter.
 2. A murmuring sound, for example of flowing water.
verb intr.:1. To talk excitedly, excessively, or incomprehensibly.
 2. To make a murmuring sound, as flowing water.
verb tr.:1. To say something rapidly, excitedly, or incoherently.
 2. To reveal something confidential carelessly.

ANAGRAM:
babbled = blabbed

ETYMOLOGY:
Probably from the repetition of the syllable ba, which occurs in a child’s early speech. Earliest documented use: 1250. The word babel (as in the Tower of Babel) has nothing to do with babbling or blabbing.

USAGE:
“The babble of voices, clinking chips and glasses, and gruff mirth assaulted Tyree’s ears.”
Ralph Compton & David Robbins; The Evil Men Do; Signet; 2015.

See more usage examples of babble in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A scholar is just a library's way of making another library. -Daniel Dennett, philosopher, writer, and professor (b. 28 Mar 1942)

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