Word of the Day: Verbigeration

OK, I had an idea of what this $25 word meant when U of M professor Eva von Dassow used it in her speech to regents last month, but I just had to look it up.

verbigeration: n. the constant or obsessive repetition of meaningless words or phrases, as in mental illness.

Example: All of the verbigeration about excellence, about strategic investments, about … quality and so on is deployed to obscure the goal of using the present financial crisis as a tool for starving certain parts of the university in order to feed others.

It’s at the 1:40 mark in the video.

I have got to incorporate this word into my vocabulary.