Definition of bafflegab in English:



North American
  • [mass noun] Incomprehensible or pretentious verbiage, especially bureaucratic jargon.

    • ‘We were discussing the Reflections document and the ecclesial bafflegab of which it is composed.’
    • ‘In 1952, in a pique over bureaucratic language, then-assistant general counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce coined the word “bafflegab."’
    • ‘To test whether such bafflegab also pays in print, Armstrong asked 20 management. professors to rank the academic prestige of 10 management journals.’
    • ‘But Netser was quick to pick up on the bafflegab.’
    • ‘Climatologists' protests drowned in a sea of environmentalist bafflegab.’
    • ‘It's bafflegab for talk, more talk, and even more talk; committee meetings, First Ministers' meetings, regularly scheduled meetings with the Prime Minister's Office.’
    • ‘Today's modern workplace is awash in buzzwords, bafflegab, and all manner of blessed bumpf to wade through or digest over a morning latte with a dab of whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles on top.’
    • ‘Gordo, the head post, is sending out bafflegab to media and students stating that what he is doing is returning autonomy to post-secondary institutions.’
    • ‘‘It is through such bafflegab that bureaucracies attempt to avoid responsibility and bureaucrats seek anonymity,’ he said.’
    • ‘There was a lot of bafflegab in the speech, a lot of nonsense.’
    • ‘For some, ‘information theory’ is simply another source of bafflegab.’
    • ‘Aquarium's plans to expand are awash in park board bafflegab.’
    • ‘FLUFF APPRECIATION DAY (In honor of all those who excel in the art of bureaucratic bafflegab, delightful double-speak, and twisted-tongued titillations)’
    • ‘Bafflegab is not just annoying; it can have genuinely dangerous consequences.’
    • ‘Such a word-by-word translation may seem weird bafflegab, but is renders the different grammar structure in your target language transparent.’