Week 3 – Pure Poppycock: Day 1 – Jabberwocky (n)

Unwillingly, we have all found ourselves victims to a long-winded, jejune drivel at some point in our lives.  Therefore, unsurprisingly, we have a plethora of words to refer to everyday nonsense.  A lunch lady calls the school kids’ dissatisfaction with her cooking good, old-fashioned baloney.  A doctoral candidate calls her weekly Friday seminars soporific rigmarole. A political contender calls his opponents’ claims fallacious malarkey.   Let us enscroll magical words of pure nonsense!  Balderdash, hogwash, abracadabra!

Sacrifice Over Slaughter

To avoid another lackluster jabberwocky from his Church Pastor, Huck genuflected before Padre Sanchez and played with his fiddle.

Poppycock (n) – (pop-ee-kok)

  1. nonsense; bosh

Drivel (n) – (driv-uh)

  1. saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver
  2. childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle

Baloney (n) – (buh-loh-nee)

  1. (slang) foolish talk; nonsense

Soporific (adj) – (sop-uh-rif-ik)

  1. causing or tending to cause sleep

Rigmarole (n) – (rig-muh-rohl)

  1. an elaborate or complicated procedure
  2. confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk

Malarkey (n) – (muh-lahr-kee)

  1. speech or writing designed to obscure, mislead, or impress; bunkum
  2. (slang) nonsense; rubbish

Balderdash (n) – (bawl-der-dash)

  1. senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense

Hogwash (n) – (hawg-wosh)

  1. any worthless stuff
  2. meaningless or insincere talk, writing, etc.; nonsense; bunk

Abracadabra (n) – (ab-ruh-kuh-dab-ruh)

  1. any charm or incantation using nonsensical or supposedly magical words
  2. meaningless talk; gibberish; nonsense.

Lackluster (adj) – (lak-luhs-ter)

  1. lacking vitality, spirit or enthusiasm

Jabberwocky (n) – (jab-er-wok-ee)

  1. an example of writing or speech consisting of or containing meaningless words; nonsense; gibberish

Genuflect (v) – (jen-yoo-flekt)

  1. to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship
  2. to express a servile attitude

Fiddle (n) – (fid-l)

  1. a musical instrument of the viol family



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