Coiner of "gobbledygook"?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Sep 15 18:35:35 UTC 2007

Did Clare Boothe Luce coin "gobbledygook", or, as the OED2's earliest
citations suggest, did Maury Maverick?

1944 Amer. N. & Q. Apr. 9/1 Gobbledygook talk: Maury Maverick's name
for the long high-sounding words of Washington's red-tape
language.   1944 M. Maverick in N.Y. Times Mag. 21 May 11/1 Just
before Pearl Harbor, I+got my baptism under 'gobbledygook'+its
definition: talk or writing which is long, pompous, vague, involved,
usually with Latinized words. It is also talk or writing which is merely long.


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