Have you ever had to talk to someone who always seemed to dance around the subject? I sure have. Maybe you're asking them a question about work, or you're trying to get their opinion on a situation. However, they never seem to give you a straight answer. Instead, they steer the conversation around the subject, which eventually leaves you frustrated and annoyed. People like that are skilled in the art of Argle-Bargle. Argle-Bargle may sound like a made-up word, but it actually means "Copious but meaningless talk or writing; nonsense." Argle comes from a blending of the words "Argue" and "Haggle." Bargle was added later because it rhymed. This is known as a Rhyming Reduplication. According to the Lexicon of Linguistics, "Reduplication," is when "a word formation process by which some part of a base (a segment, syllable, morpheme) is repeated, either to the left, or to the right, or, occasionally, in the middle." Neat, huh? I always enjoy learning how we come up with these unusual words. Argle-Bargle is a noun and can be used as such when writing. Some examples may include:
"Karina enjoyed the ceremony, but I thought it was just a bunch of Argle-Bargle."
The lawyer Stood up from his chair. "Your honor, I refuse to listen to any more Argle-Bargle from the defense! Either he has a case, or he doesn't."
The little girl skipped happily down the sidewalk as she chanted "Argle-Bargle, Mumbo-Jumbo, Okey-Dokey, Willy-Nilly, these are words that all sound silly!"
What does Argle-Bargle mean to you? Give me an example!
To learn more, check out Oxford Dictionary, Dictionary.com, Mnemonic Dictionary, The Atlantic, and Alpha Dictionary. The photo is my own.