rigmaroles

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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