One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A corrupted passage, especially one in an ancient text, which defies interpretation.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Lewis Theobald (d. 1744), literary editor and writer. From post-classical Latin locus desperatus from classical Latin locus + dēspērātus.
locus desperatus/ˌləʊkəs ˌdɛspəˈrɑːtəs//ˌlɒkəs ˌdɛspəˈreɪtəs/
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