rigmarole

[rig-muh-rohl]
noun
1.
an elaborate or complicated procedure: to go through the rigmarole of a formal dinner.
2.
confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk.
Also, rigamarole.


Origin:
1730–40; alteration of ragman roll

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rigmarole or rigamarole (ˈrɪɡməˌrəʊl)
 
n
1.  any long complicated procedure
2.  a set of incoherent or pointless statements; garbled nonsense
 
[C18: from earlier ragman roll a list, probably a roll used in a medieval game, wherein various characters were described in verse, beginning with Ragemon le bon Ragman the good]
 
rigamarole or rigamarole
 
n
 
[C18: from earlier ragman roll a list, probably a roll used in a medieval game, wherein various characters were described in verse, beginning with Ragemon le bon Ragman the good]

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rigmarole
1736, "a long, rambling discourse," from an altered, Kentish colloquial survival of ragman roll "long list or catalogue" (1523), in M.E. a long roll of verses descriptive of personal characters, used in a medieval game of chance called Rageman, perhaps from Anglo-Fr. 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" c.1955, but known orally from 1930s.
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Example sentences
The beauty of this match was its intensity without rigmarole or ritual.
Take the rigmarole it puts users through when they wish to close an account.
Then there was all the rigmarole involving street names and zip codes.
Take oil pricing, a complex statist rigmarole that had been moving from the hands of government to those of a regulator.
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