Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Rigmarole

Suggested by Dale H.

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. an elaborate or complicated procedure
2. confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk

Examples:
"My mom told me that making pasta from scratch was a rigmarole, so the first time I went to an Italian restaurant I requested the rigmarole pasta - my parents will never let me live that down."
"Listening to the rigmarole statements coming out of my girlfriend's mouth makes me worry about the future of America."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1736, 'a long, rambling discourse,' from an altered, Kentish colloquial survival of ragman roll 'long list or catalogue' (1520s), in Middle English a long roll of verses descriptive of personal characters, used in a medieval game of chance called Rageman, perhaps from Anglo-French Ragemon le bon 'Ragemon the good,' which was the heading on one set of the verses, referring to a character by that name. Sense transferred to 'foolish activity or commotion' by 1939."

Awkwardness rating: 5

Could I have the rigmarole, please? (chow.com)