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[mass noun] Invented or meaningless language; nonsense:‘the translation was slow and full of jabberwocky’
- ‘Herrera's portmanteau style and ludic impulse constitute a form of visual jabberwocky, in which the familiar is confidently manipulated and destabilized.’
- ‘They don't want jabberwocky or gobbledegook going full bore.’
- ‘What sounds meaningful reads like jabberwocky.’
- ‘Penelope describes what this means and the agony and pleasure of streams of jabberwocky issuing forth from a man of words.’
Early 20th century: from the title of a nonsense poem in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass (1871).
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