word salad

noun

Definition of word salad

  1. 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 These populations, who often have psychosis, brain damage, or retardation, typically display such symptoms as sentence/word fragmentation, echolalia, neologisms, or word salad. — Garry Prouty

  2. 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

1904

First Known Use of word salad

1904


Medical Dictionary

word salad

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noun word sal·ad \-ˌsal-əd\

Medical Definition of word salad

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


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