Originally meant 'a hodgepodge of liquid' such as milk mixed with beer or beer with wine
Originally referred to stories in which animals could talk, walk, and act like humans; Another explanation ties it to a town on the ancient road that is now the A5: two hotels were both named with this word/phrase, and each exaggerated the amenities that one would receive at their respective establishment
Briticism that denotes a meaningless jumble of sounds; also refers to a badly coiled rope; Was probably a slur on Germans
An American Southernism referring to the design at the bottom of a cast-iron skillet that has not been properly seasoned: 'If it wasn't for those damn Yankees making such a _____ out of nothing, we'd be eating honey and homemade biscuits right now.'
From Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: 'The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead Did squeak and _____ in the Roman streets.' Eventually the word morphed into jabber, and was used by Lewis Carroll when he wrote Jabberwocky
A word cobbled by one-time Texas Congressman Maury Maverick, who compared the forbidding prose of Washington bureaucrats to the senseless gobbling of turkeys
Comes from a Dutch word for soft food or dung
Comes from the practice of medieval minstrels who while singing a ballad, making it up as he went along, would add this nonsense word, akin to la-la-la
Originally a word in Mandingo that denoted a magician who made the troubled spirits of ancestors go away
According to John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury in 1694, it originates from the Latin Mass phrase 'hoc est corpus meum' or 'this is my body'
May have derived from the Irish-Gaelic bollaireacht, pronounced bullairaċt, a noun that describes the act of bragging, prating, babbling, blustering
Reached wide currency through Lady _____, the smooth-talking flatterer in Goldsmith's 'Vicar of Wakefield'
Congressman Felix Walker insisted on giving a long-winded speech on whether Missouri should be admitted as a free or slave state after a month of debate, and right before the vote was to be called; he had remained silent on the topic to this point; this word derives from the name of the county that the congressman represented
Seems to have originated in 1950s US, from the French word for transferring a picture; the present meaning of the word probably came about because of an association with the inferior nature of those transfers
Comes from contriving something to gain applause
Folklore, probably erroneous, says this word comes from a soft drink maker who put his nonalcholic drink in beer bottles
A euphemism used to deceive or hide the actual meaning of a word
Utilizes the technique of reduplication to create a new word with a new meaning
Unknown origin, but sometimes is used to refer to confidence games
The name of a humor magazine published in the 1930's, that contained spoof stories and advertisements
While the origin of this word is uncertain, it is famously used to describe Christmas by a notorious misanthrope
Possibly derived from the French word for sick and the Greek word for rule; 'ill rule'
First known use 1847; Perhaps blend of piddle and trifle, perhaps puff (onomatopoeia, puff of air) + -le (diminutive)
First use in 1782 thought to be an alteration of twattle
One speculation as to the literal meaning of this phrase is 'Bread of inferior quality'