Blah blah blah

Blah blah blah is an idiom with roots that may be older than you think. We will examine the meaning of the idiom blah blah blah, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

Blah blah blah is a phrase that is a negative commentary on the quality of what someone is saying. Blah blah blah is used when the listener believes that the speaker is spouting nonsense, drivel, or words or information that is meaningless, boring, or has been said many times before. The expression blah blah blah is a signal that the listener does not respect what the speaker is saying and has ceased to listen. The idiom blah blah blah came into use in the United States around the 1920s, and probably evolved from a popular phrase from the 1800s, blab, blab, blab, which had the same definition. Interestingly, the term may have its roots in an ancient Greek expression, barbarbar, which describes someone’s words as meaningless noise.

Examples

I didn’t feel like, ‘Okay, I’m making an album. I need to get it out before … blah, blah, blah.’ (USA Today)

His speech and answers to questions amounted to “…blah, blah, blah…magnificent…blah, blah, blah..greatest….blah, blah, blah…Obama’s fault….blah, blah, blah. (The Martinsburg Journal)

They can act like this is so Belichickian and he has no time to worry about other teams and he’s so focused on the Patriots and blah blah blah. (Golf Digest)

Renae, however, commented “Geez such a drama queen… blah, blah, blah … wife died, I saved her, now worried… blah, blah, blah ? love ya. ” (The ARgus Leader)