Word of the DayMonday, September 27, 2010
\RIG-muh-rohl\ , noun;
An elaborate or complicated procedure.
Confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk.
"My dear young lady," I groaned, "you don't want to be stripped of every dollar for such a "rigmarole!"
-- Henry James, Four Meetings
"It's a rigmarole because the boy is a Rigmarole and we've come to Rigmarole Town."
-- Frank Baum, The Emerald City of Oz
Rigmarole is an unusual alteration of the Middle English phrase ragman roll, which refers to a "long list or catalog."
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