How to Speak Gibberish

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What is gibberish?

Gibberish refer to speech or other use of language that is nonsense, or that appears to be nonsense. It may include speech sounds that are not actual words, or forms such as language games or highly specialized jargon that seems non-sensical to outsiders.


Gibberish may be a "secret language" used for secrecy or just for fun. Here is how it works:

  1. Break a word down into spoken syllables.
  2. Add "-othag-" before each vowel sound in a syllable.
  3. Experiment with different variations.

Simmetry = sim + me + try

sothagym + othaget + rothagy

In Northern England, a popular variation is "-iviga-", thus making "dog" into "divigog".

Cockney rhyming slang is formed from finding a word or name that matches the original word, putting the new word into a phrase, and using another word from that phrase to generate slang. For instance: Lies=Porkies. Why? Because lies=pies, and pies=pork pies. Therefore, porkies=lies.

The poem "The Jabberwocky" in Alice in Wonderland is perhaps the most famous example of gibberish. Here is a fragment:

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.


Other usage of gibberish refer to legalese that is language used by lawyers, legislators, and others involved with the law. The language used in this field may contain complex sentences and specialized jargon, making it difficult for those outside the field to understand.