A la peanut-butter sandwiches!

I always figured this word would be about as spurious as Mumford’s (the usual warnings about Wiki-esque things apply here, of course) preferred phrase, but it seems to have a longer pedigree, if an uncertain original meaning.


[L.; origin unknown. Occurs first in a poem by Q. Serenus Sammonicus, 2nd c.]

A cabalistic word, formerly used as a charm, and believed to have the power, when written in a triangular arrangement, and worn round the neck, to cure agues, etc. Now often used in the general sense of a spell, or pretended conjuring word; a meaningless word of mysterious sound; jargon, gibberish.

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