168 – Gibberish

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I like to walk on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my mind.

Because language has been on my mind lately, I think about oddities in English – well, in American English. I’m not going down the road to differentiate words such as pop & soda, berm & shoulder, bag, sack, & poke, or why mango is the same as bell pepper. I’m thinking about gibberish.

Gibberish is the keyword for the day. You know gibberish as meaningless speech, nonsense, balderdash, blather, drivel, mumbo-jumbo, jibber-jabber, gobbledygook, and who knows how many other phrases and words. However, I’m confident that gibberish isn’t exclusive to English.

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Readers may be wondering where I’m going with this essay, but we drive on a parkway but park on a driveway and nothing starts with N but ends with G.

We say cue like the letter Q and the waiting line queue, but few sounds close to true and boo while a train goes choo choo choo and parents tell a toddler to chew, chew, chew.

Power and mower look very similar but don’t rhyme. What if we pronounced power like mower, plus mower like power, how would you say power mower? Now think of the four ways to pronounce “power mower.”

Bare is pronounced the same as bear, but dare does not rhyme with dear or are. Ear rhymes with dear and fear but not bear – but bear rhymes with fair and fare but not fear. We say tare like tear, but fear rhymes with tear. Bair is not a word, so I toast pair, pear, and pare.

There is a metal called lead, which is said the same as led, which also rhymes with red and read. We can different pronounce lead and read and still rhyme, but LED is not led or lead.

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Toad, toed, and towed rhyme with road, rode, and sewed. Toss in code, bode, and abode but not broad because it rhymes with rod and cod.

Rinse and since rhyme, but rinse is a reminder that soap rhymes with hope and taupe. Meanwhile, Kyle wearing a fez says, “Smile, dial, isle, and aisle rhyme.”

While mall is a place, maul is a thing and a verb. Lean, lien, seen, and scene rhyme, but not with anyone named Sean or Shawn – both rhyme with Ron but not ton because it rhymes with run.

Fat, rat, and brat rhyme, unless you are eating the sausage called a brat bought from a store. Eat and ate are related verbs that don’t rhyme. But eat rhymes with feat and feet, while great rhymes with ate, grate, and freight.

Most, host, and coast rhyme, but not with cost and frost. Cash and cache sound the same, but ache? Meanwhile, mint, flint, and squint rhyme, but not with pint – but does any word? At least pinto is closer to mint than pint.

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While draft and draught are different but said the same, trough rhymes with off but rough rhymes with gruff and tough but not dough. Some say route to rhyme with root, but others rhyme bout with route and drought.

Hook rhymes with cook but the first sound of hookah is who. Food, nude, brewed, and blued rhyme. So do Ford, bored, gourd, board, and moored, but not with mood. Moor, more, ore, or oar rhyme, but only should rhymes with good in this paragraph. Keep in mind that flood rhymes with dud but not dude because dude rhymes with food but not good.

Some think that it is hokey that coke and oak rhyme, but does anyone see any fun when we say nun and none to rhyme with one and ton, which doesn’t rhyme with cone, loan, own, or don? Besides, gone rhymes with dawn, tone with own and groan, but gone and tone don’t rhyme with each other or with one because it rhymes with gun.

Moose and mousse are very different and not even close to mouse, but sire, choir, crier, lyre, and liar nicely string together. So do doc & dock, deep & leap, and cane, gain, and reign.

We say veil & vale and vain & vein the same. Meanwhile, leg rhymes with vague, but log and vogue aren’t close. Who knew new, flu, flue, loo, coup, and Lou rhyme, but so do hole, toll, whole, soul, and bowl. But bowl doesn’t rhyme with owl and shall, and shall doesn’t rhyme with hall or tall.

Now, cow, and dow rhyme, but not with row because it rhymes with sew, so, doe, and toe – but not with to, two, too, do, and dew. Meanwhile, the verb “does” sounds different from the group of young does.

Know sounds like no while rhyming with row, but why isn’t no n-o-w? Then again, no is know and no is noe, but neither is now. New and knew sound the same, but canoe is not ca-know, but ca-knew. So canoe rhymes with too, but not toe or know.

We stretch a bow, but take a bow, which rhymes with foul and sow, but not soul and sole. Boat, vote, and haute rhyme. So do knot, taught, ought, taut, and yacht. Don’t forget earn, fern, and turn.

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Go rhymes with so and doe, but not with do. Hose, hoes, and hos are also ho-ho-ho while rhyming with show, but not with shoe, shoo, or sue. I had to work in eye, cry, and sigh plus tower and sour, which doesn’t rhyme with tour because it sounds like tore, but sour and sore are not close.

I stop and stare across the water to see the sea and reflect on the words my inner voice told my brain. As birds fly by, my thoughts remain with gibberish because everyone knows the bird is the word and word rhymes with bird, heard, herd, blurred, and curd – but not with lord, gourd, beard, blur, or hear.

Thinking about gibberish has been fun and a change of pace. However, thinking about gibberish is much easier than writing about it, so feel free to add other examples. Meanwhile, gibberish is just another example why I like to walk on the beach, which is also good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

NOTE: The closing video is a song whose title and lyrics are gibberish – fake Italian words intended to sound like English in an American accent. Yes, it was a hit in 1972! Here are the lyrics.

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78 thoughts on “168 – Gibberish”

  1. Yikes, you made my head almost spin off my neck!
    Sometimes the people I care for do a lot of talking, but most of it is words that make no sense, or its just sounds. They seem to know what they want to say, but we have to try to do the impossible and decode/decipher it. True gibberish. Dementia is so horrible.
    What’s worse are the people that don’t have dementia, but are brain damaged in other ways, such as from injury or stroke…those peeps speak, but they cannot come up with the words they want, or they also have trouble even saying words at all. Aphasia is the covering term but there are many kinds of it. All of this is so frustrating for them…and even to a lesser degree the caregivers.

    Sign language in the pantomime form helps a lot, too.
    Speech therapy is a daunting job.

    The English language has so many of those strange trademarks! No wonder a lot of people find i hard to learn.

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    1. Ingrid,
      Oh no … making your head spin before you go to sleep is not a good thing – so I hope you were to catch some slumber. I can’t imagine the true gibberish you encounter at your group. You must walk a fine line between trying to figure it out or roll with it. Cheers to the effort you and many others do in health care.

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    1. Merril,
      Glad you enjoyed this change of pace for me. Homonyms and homophones did play a role – as did rhyming – but the key for me was to find the except to the rule/pattern. Speaking of gibberish by a politician, it may be the natural common language for them! Thanks for walking along.

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  2. Oh, dear, Frank, I needed more coffee before I read your post. I felt like the people looked in the photos. 🤣🤣🤣 Something struck a funny cord in me today. I do read each and every word when I visit blogs. I guess I need to take a speed reading course as I never finish reading your posts before the video ends.
    But, the next video that automatically plays is Instant Relief from Stress and Anxiety…as I type this gibberish-filled reply, my mind is feeling better. 😉 PS – nice job reminding us how complicated our language really is.

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    1. Shelley,
      Glad to know that I picked the right images for this one. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to do, so I picked these because I sensed this walk was different enough that it would puzzle readers. But in the end, you confirmed both the words and images worked. Thank you! Plus I woke you up this morning. Thanks for letting me know about the length of the beach sounds!!!

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  3. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious post, Frank! This discussion kind of reminded me of that mid-70’s puzzle: which is essentially there are three English words ending in “-gry”. Two are “angry” and “hungry”. What is the third one? 😊 Happy mid-week.

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      1. One of the junior attorneys that I was friends with back in the 90’s posed this riddle to a number of us. We never did arrive at an answer. It reminds of the “Eats Leaves Shoots” phenomenon. It all depends on how you read it to decide as to how to interpret it. 😇

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  4. Oh my – I got just a little dizzy for a minute…..haha….seriously – interesting post. Languages are all just a tad baffling sometimes; with different “rules”, etc. Taiwanese threw me for a loop when we lived there for two years – French seemed ridiculously difficult when diagraming a sentence in French class – I could go on and on but don’t need to because you know all of that! LOL Anyway, languages are interesting but gibberish is spoken UNIVERSALLY ……. 🙂


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    1. Pam,
      I like your descriptor of dizzying. Obviously, this is a break form the norm, but in its own way, still thought provoking. I recall that you moved around during your youth, which is an interesting experience in itself. Yes – there’s gibberish in all languages … so I hope you watched the video.


  5. Oh, this was really fun to read, Frank! I love language and find all these linguistic anomalies delightful. I can tell it was challenging but well worth it! So many exceptions to language rules need a dictionary all to themselves. 🙂

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    1. Mary Jo,
      You just made my day calling this a fun read. I will admit being unsure what the reactions would be. After all, it’s a bit different than my norm. It may have been the most fun and most difficult to put together. Cheers to your love for language and thanks for walking along and sharing.

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    1. Fluff,
      My pleasaure linking your post. I initially thought I wouldn’t find anything, so thanks for writing and posting! Glad you enjoyed this. This is different from my norm, so I wasn’t sure what the reaction would be. Plus, three cheers to you for being the first to provide an example! … and an excellent one at that. Where in the world are you located?

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  6. Your last picture of the little boy with glasses sums up how I feel after reading this, Frank. Whew, that’s a lot of gibberish! You know, it’s a wonder any of us English-speakers ever learn the language, let alone the poor folks who come over here from elsewhere!

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  7. Frank, I’ve never read such jibberish in my life! Lol! Well done. Your choice of accompanying photos is perfect. I can’t help but wonder how many times you ran for your bottle of Tylenol, or wine, getting through this. This was a fun read! Now, if I can just get my eyes to uncross I’ll be fine. 🥴

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    1. Ginger,
      Definitely gibberish in my eyes – but understandable gibberish. Writing this took a while, so more than one glass of wine was probably involved. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts on the photos because I initially struggled …. but then an idea popped into my head … and it seems to work. Glad you liked it … back to normal this weekend.


  8. Rhyme rhymes with rime, time, slime, grime, prime, chime, thyme, clime, crime, lime, sign, mine divine and more.
    However more importantly, dear Frank, rhyme rhymes with wine….well,,,,good enough to toast to!

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  9. Frank, crafting this must have been a labor of love as you pieced it together. I should point out this post also made way more sense than any instruction manuals for anything I’ve bought in the last decade. Maybe with a couple of more glasses of wine, you could write those as well!🍷🍷

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    1. Bruce,
      I must admit, writing this was a joy – but not easy. In hindsight, I wish it would have been shorter, therefore saving a few paragraphs for volume 2. If you have any examples, I’ll take them! Funny point about the manuals. Oddly enough, writing those things is in my skillset. Cheers!

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  10. I had a speech defeat as a child and couldn’t make myself understood in my native tongue. Everyone said I spoke gibberish. But I didn’t. I just couldn’t pronounce the words cos of a disconnect in my brain. It might sound dire and disabling, but because of that I took to writing. It did eventually sort, with lots of therapy, enough that I could deliver a talk at conferences, though my school years were marred by total self-consciousness. The family used to call it gobbledgook

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    1. Crispina,
      Wow. Thanks for sharing such a personal story. I recall a kid on our street who was that way. Her mother seemed to be able to clarify for us …. but she went to speech therapy and became well spoken. Amazing … but I can see how that would influence self-consciousness. Cheers to you for the successes you achieved since then!

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      1. Thank you, Frank. It was certainly the earliest impetus to perfect my writing.
        To which I have to say, that should have been speech defect, not speech defeat! Opps. My brain can write but my fingers sometimes can’t


  11. wholly Magoli Frank, this was quite the post … I’m tongue tied. Nicely done my friend! This took some thinking I’ll say and mind bending. I kept thinking of all of my auto voice texts that are just that gibberish! 😂

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