Minor Antedating of "Gobbledygook"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Sep 13 17:11:42 UTC 2003

One of the great modern word-coinages is Maury Maverick's "gobbledygook"
(the Maverick family gave two major words to the English language).  OED
and HDAS have citations from April 1944.  Here is a slight antedating:

1944 _Wash. Post_ 30 Mar. 3  Now Maury [Maverick] gets hot. "Stay off the
gobbledygook language.  It only fouls people up.  For the Lord's sake, be
short and say what you're talking about."

Fred Shapiro

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