Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) something that is overly complicated, confusing, or devoid of real meaning
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Mumbo Jumbo is a term used to refer to unnecessarily complicated language or confusing explanations. You may say that you don't understand the 'legal mumbo jumbo in a contract' for example. Mumbo Jumbo usually refers to jargon or speciality language which is meant to exclude others or to confuse. Mumbo Jumbo can also refer things of a superstitious or religious nature which are confusing or which the listener or reader cannot easily understand. This is a very colloquial expression used in informal contexts.
Social Examples (Advance)
I can't believe you read your horoscope every day! Surely you can't believe all that mumbo-jumbo?
I tried to read the book you lent to me but it was full of scientific jargon and physics mumbo jumbo, I couldn't understand a bit of it.
The woman said she cursed me when I didn't give her any money. She twisted her face and shouted frightening mumbo jumbo in another language.
Professional Examples (Advance)
Just ignore all the legal mumbo-jumbo in the contract when you sign it. The lawyers will deal with that.
Stop all the mumbo-jumbo and get down to brass tacks. Exactly how much is your plan going to cost?
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