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Encyclopedia > Mumbo Jumbo (phrase)
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Mumbo Jumbo, or mumbojumbo is an English phrase or expression that denotes a confusing or meaningless subject. It is often used as humorous expression of criticism of middle-management and civil service non-speak, and of belief in something considered non-existent by the speaker (ghosts, God, supernatural phenomena, etc.). Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Look up phrase in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Expression may refer to: (in the vernacular) the act or particular way of expressing something (including an emotion through a facial expression or configuration) (in mathematics) a mathematical expression (in computing) a programming language expression (in computing) a vector graphics software Microsoft Expression (in genetics) the effect produced by a... Look up Humour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Middle management is a layer of management in an organization whose primary job responsibility is to monitor activities of subordinates and to generate reports for upper management. ... The Roman civil service in action. ...

It was coined during the time when Great Britain was colonizing areas of the globe inhabited by native tribes that practiced mysterious and puzzling rituals which were then called "Mumbo Jumbo", after a supposed idol. One of the sources for the English usage is the Vachel Lindsay poem The Congo, which contains the phrase "Mumbo-Jumbo, God of the Congo". Some believe mumbo jumbo is a translation of the Swahili greeting "Mambo Jambo".[1] Nicholas Vachel Lindsay (November 10, 1879 – December 5, 1931) was an American poet. ... Swahili (also called Kiswahili; see Kiswahili for a discussion of the nomenclature) is an agglutinative Bantu language widely spoken in East Africa. ...

According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary: The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a comprehensive multi-volume dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP). ...

Mumbo Jumbo is a noun and is the name of a grotesque idol said to have been worshipped by some tribes. In its figurative sense, Mumbo Jumbo is an object of senseless veneration or a meaningless ritual.

Since mumbo jumbo makes its first appearance in script in Charles Dicken’s 1812-1870 classic works in England and then later in the equally classic children’s story LITTLE BLACK SAMBO about India BY HELEN BANNERMAN 1862-1946 of England but long-time resident of India, it may have a Hindu origin Since mumbo jumbo makes its first appearance in script in Charles Dicken’s 1812-1870 classic works in England and then later in the equally classic children’s story about India LITTLE BLACK SAMBO and parents Mumbo (mother) and Jumbo (father) by Helen Bannerman 1862-1946 of England but long-time resident of India, it may have a Hindu origin ==See also== In linguistics, a noun or noun substantive is a lexical category which is defined in terms of how its members combine with other grammatical kinds of expressions. ... The Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poussin Idolatry is a major sin in the Abrahamic religions regarding image. ...

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  1. ^ Gates, Henry Louis (1998). The Blackness of Blackness:A Critique of the Sign and the Signifying Monkey, in Literary Theory, an Anthology, 999. 978-1405106962. 

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Mumbo jumbo (440 words)
The casually racist belief in the gullibility of the supposedly childlike fuzzy-wuzzies was widespread when this term was coined, and it hasn't shaken that off.
The phrase probably originated from the Mandingo name Maamajomboo, which was a masked dancer that took part in religious ceremonies.
This is called a Mumbo Jumbo; and whenever the men have any dispute with the women, this is sent for to determine the contest, which is almost always done in favour of the men.
Questions & Answers: Jumbo (507 words)
Jumbo arrived from Paris on 26 June 1865 and he remained in London for years, giving rides to thousands of children and becoming a great favourite with the public.
Jumbo the giant elephant certainly popularised the name as an epithet for something of large size and you can find many examples recorded from the 1880s onwards.
Jumbo the elephant, though, is often said not to be the origin of jumbo the word, because it has been found in an 1823 work about racing in reference to a big clumsy person.
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