ETHEL - Next Zoom Meeting
Tuesday 23rd March, 10 am: ETHEL,
Ethel’s erudite and effervescent coterie of linguistic cognoscenti foregathered on their virtual conferencing platform to cogitate conjointly on the convoluted circumlocutions of gibberish, hogwash, bunkum and baloney.
In other words: we discussed gobbledegook on Zoom. The term was coined by Texan lawyer Maury Maverick and was apparently inspired by the sight of a turkey ‘always gobbledy gobbling and strutting with ludicrous pomposity’.
I’m sure Ethel has not been the only one gobbledy gobbling during lockdown, but she can’t resist a bit more ludicrous pomposity, so next time the group will be sharing some more examples, before considering what constitutes ‘plain English’. Then Ethel can stop talking like Leonard Sachs of the Good Old Days – and put the Thesaurus back on the shelf!