English is a language is that is filled with words that are hard to spell, particularly those that are confusing and unfamiliar. Even so, when you speak or say words, the words are supposed to have meaning. Gibberish, however, is talking that sounds like words or speech, but that really has no meaning at all.
Gibberish can take the form of a single nonsensical word or a group of nonsensical words. Sentences that make no sense can also be gibberish as well.
Here are some examples of words that sound like speech but that are really gibberish nonsense with no meaning:
Here are some examples of nonsense sentences. They sound like sentences; but, because they have no meaning, they are considered gibberish.
The poem "Jabberwocky" in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass is perhaps the most famous example of gibberish. Lewis Carroll, whose real name was actually Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was famed for his love of nonsensical language and inventing new words. Here is an extract from the poem:
"Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
No wonder Alice in Wonderland is filled with such whimsy and outrageous possibility.
In addition to nonsense words, phrases and sentences, there is also a language called Gibberish. The language is similar to Pig Latin and is used by people who want to play games with a secret language.
To speak the language, you break each word down into its syllables. Each syllable will usually have a vowel sound. You then add otha-g before each vowel sound. Some examples of Gibberish words (and their English translations) include:
By reviewing these examples of different types of gibberish, you will be able to speak a secret language or have fun making up your own nonsense words or phrases.