When you speak or say words, the words are supposed to have meaning. Gibberish, however, is talking that sounds like words or speech but that really has no meaning at all.
Gibberish Is Nonsensical
Gibberish can take the form of a single nonsensical word or a group of nonsensical words. Sentences that make no sense can also be gibberish as well.
Here are some examples of words that sound like speech but that are really gibberish nonsense with no meaning:
- Iggily biggily
- Ittly bittly
- Coochie coo
- Scribble scrabble
- Tispy tospy
Here are some examples of nonsense sentences. They sound like sentences; but, because they have no meaning, they are considered gibberish:
- Cold is with the monkey’s ears and toes.
- Cats, dogs, and babies, it’s Tuesday!
- Travel trips taken away go home.
- Friends are baskets and hats.
- Wishes are hopping and trees are west.
- TV shows on radio are lazy.
- Food is sitting while the weather is flying.
Famous Gibberish Example
The poem “Jabberwocky” in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass is perhaps the most famous example of gibberish. Lewis Carroll was famed for his love of nonsensical language and inventing new words. Here is an extract from the poem:
“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”
Gibberish: The Language
In addition to nonsense words, phrases and sentences, there is also a language called Gibberish. The language is similar to Pig Latin and is used by people who want to play games with a secret language.
To speak the language, you break each word down into its syllables. Each syllable will usually have a vowel sound. You then add otha-g before each vowel sound. Some examples of Gibberish words (and their English translations) include:
- Hothagellothago (Hello)
- Hothagow othagare yothagou (How are you?)
- Mothagy nothagame othagis (My name is)
- Whothagat othagis yothagour nothagame? (What is your name?)
- Hothagow othagold othagare yothagou? (How old are you?)
- Whothagat tothagime othagis othagit? (What time is it?)
- Whothagat othagis thothage othaganswothager? (What is the answer?)
- Whothago othagis thothagat? (Who is that?)
- Whothagat dothagid othagi mothagiss? (What did I miss?)
By reviewing these examples of different types of gibberish, you will be able to speak a secret language or have fun making up your own nonsense words or phrases.