word salad


Definition of word salad

1 psychology : unintelligible, extremely disorganized speech or writing manifested as a symptom of a mental disorder (such as schizophrenia) Damage to Wernicke's area can result in the loss of semantic associations … . Trying to speak results in garbled, nonsensical juxtapositions that neuroscientists call "word salad".— Duncan Graham-Rowe
2 : a string of empty, incoherent, unintelligible, or nonsensical words or comments In the moments when the debate wasn't in circus form it seemed very conventional and very one-sided, with one candidate who could give complete, coherent and informed answers about issues and the other who specialized in word salad.— Robert Schlesinger … composed an essay that was a word salad of solemn academic jargon.— George Will

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Recent Examples on the Web Doesn’t this word salad have some parallels with our new political education? WSJ, 31 July 2022 Never mind that this is the sort of word salad only a company insider could digest. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 10 June 2022 The result, unfortunately for Higgins, is an utter word salad -- and plenty of mockery. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 28 Feb. 2022 When university statements are typically mad libs of recycled company lines and forgettable word salad, there was one line in USC’s announcement that stuck with Gottlieb. Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2022 In choosing to issue a word salad instead of an explanation, the District failed to abide by its statutory duty. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 9 Feb. 2022 But rather than gently attempt to steer the former president back on course, Hannity just lets Trump talk and talk; the former president delivers a nonsensical word salad that touched on, among other things, the Olympics, Ukraine and Kim Jong Un. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 21 Jan. 2022 This trademark word salad sums up the mood on the right. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2021 Confronted for the second time about IP, GlaxoSmithKline CEO Emma Walmsley emitted an undigested stream of Gatesian word salad. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of word salad

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of word salad was in 1904

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Medical Definition of word salad

: a jumble of extremely incoherent speech as sometimes observed in schizophrenia


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