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rigmarole

[rig-muh-rohl] /ˈrɪg məˌroʊl/
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
1730-1740
1730-40; alteration of ragman roll
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British Dictionary definitions for rigmaroles

rigmarole

/ˈrɪɡməˌrəʊl/
noun
1.
any long complicated procedure
2.
a set of incoherent or pointless statements; garbled nonsense
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for rigmaroles

rigmarole

n.

1736, "a long, rambling discourse," apparently 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.

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