Monday, February 08, 2010


Galimatias  (noun)Pronunciation:  [gal-uh-`mey-shee-uh s]

Definition: Gibberish, foolish talk; unintelligible speech.Usage: The world galimatias, which itself sounds unintelligible, simply means unintelligible speech. It can be used in reference to speaking gibberish (or "gobbledygook"), although it is often used to describe a rambling and incoherent speech. Perfectly normal patterns of speech that fall outside the purview of an individual, such as legalese or a foreign language, may also be appropriately described as galimatias.

Suggested Usage: If you can't understand what someone else means, whether they're speaking a language you don't speak or just using words outside of your vocabulary, introduce a vocab word of your own: galimatias! Whatever the context, crying "galimatias" is a fun way to discredit the words or arguments of others. Best of all, it doesn't sound particularly mean; just kind of silly. (It is, therefore, to be used liberally around people way smarter than you.)

Etymology: When it first came into use in English, galimatias was also spelled gallimatias. It is French in origin. In fact, the word means the same thing in French—utter nonsense—as it does in English. It has been suggested that the word is a popular variation of the French term galimafrée, which means a medley. The English word gallimaufry, which means a mix or jumble, reflects this origin
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