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Mumbo jumbo

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  • Mumbo jumbo is a term that dates back to the mid-eighteenth century. We will examine the definition of mumbo jumbo, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    Mumbo jumbo is speech, writings or ideas that are nonsensical. Mumbo jumbo may be gibberish, overly complicated language or superstitious religious ritual. The word mumbo jumbo entered the English language in the 1730s as a corruption of the name of a Mandingo religious figure, Maamajomboo. This figure was a male dancer employed to instill obedience in the women of the tribe, according to European observers. For the most part, mumbo jumbo is considered a benign term and is frequently used as a business buzzword. However, but one must be careful in what context it is used, and if in doubt, choose another word. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, mumbo jumbo is properly rendered without a hyphen.

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    Examples

    The column contains enough jargon to make it seem plausible, and enough mumbo jumbo to obfuscate the facts. (The Post Independent)

    Contrary to the Trump attorney’s mumbo jumbo, they realize that a sitting president with a corrupt intent can be cited for obstruction of justice, although the case might need to be prosecuted after he leaves office.  (The Washington Post)

    Her name is Génesis Sánchez and I’m pretty sure if we knew about her four years ago, Disney Channel wouldn’t have had to use a bunch of body doubles and special effects mumbo jumbo to make Dove’s onscreen twin in Liv and Maddie happen! (Seventeen Magazine)

    “Our writers, directors, producers, and designers lead the charge on our real-world individualist approach — not some spooky, occultnik mumbo jumbo, which is often anti-Satanic and mired in mysticism,” she said. (The Los Angeles Times)


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