verbage

verbiage

[vur-bee-ij]
noun
1.
overabundance or superfluity of words, as in writing or speech; wordiness; verbosity.
2.
manner or style of expressing something in words; wording: a manual of official verbiage.

Origin:
1715–25; < French, equivalent to Middle French verbi(er) to gabble + -age -age

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verbiage (ˈvɜːbɪɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  the excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity
2.  rare diction; wording
 
[C18: from French, from Old French verbier to chatter, from verbe word, from Latin verbum]

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verbiage
1721, from Fr. verbiage "wordiness" (17c.), from M.Fr. verbier "to chatter," from O.Fr. verbe "word," from L. verbum "word" (see verb).

verbage
variant of verbiage (q.v.).
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verbage definition

spelling, jargon
/ver'b*j/ A deliberate misspelling and mispronunciation of verbiage that assimilates it to the word "garbage". Compare content-free. More pejorative than "verbiage".
(1996-12-13)

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