mumbo jumbo

This page is about the idiom mumbo jumbo


If you describe what someone says or writes as mumbo jumbo, you think it doesn't make sense or it's not clear because it's too complex.

For example

  • The good thing about Steven's book on physics is that he tries to avoid all that scientific mumbo jumbo that most people can't understand.

  • Have you ever heard the sort of mumbo jumbo that lawyers speak when they're discussing a case?

Quick Quiz

I went to a discussion about modern literature, but it all sounded like mumbo jumbo to me. I really couldn't

a. understand what they were saying

b. agree with what they were saying

c. hear what they were saying

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Contributor: Matt Errey