Coiner of "gobbledygook"?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Sep 15 19:28:44 UTC 2007

At 9/15/2007 03:02 PM, Fred.Shapiro wrote:
>Where did the Clare Boothe Luce theory come from?  This coinage has
>always been associated with Maverick.  Note that I have previously
>posted a slight antedating, from March 1944, which attributes it to Maverick.

In a message from a correspondent; I am waiting for his documentation.


>Fred Shapiro
>From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
>Joel S. Berson [Berson at ATT.NET]
>Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2007 2:35 PM
>Subject: Coiner of "gobbledygook"?
>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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