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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GARBLED

Charlie lent an ear to the garbled veblenisms and gave it up.

He garbled his sentences so to speak with excessive and useless wording.

Boccaccio has garbled the passage for the sake of his point.

It was garbled truth, but there was enough to make his spine feel like ice.

Frank, your mother must know, and if she waits she will get a garbled account.

A garbled history of the Gerhardts was obtained from Columbus.

Wouldn't he find out from the major if she had garbled the sense of his dispatch?

How often a garbled account has been given, and yet the whole was so terribly simple!

It has always been garbled in the journals, and even in history.

False narratives and garbled stories will, in any case, of a certainty get about.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "to inspect and remove refuse from (spices)," from Anglo-French garbeler "to sift" (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin and Italian garbellare, from Arabic gharbala "to sift and select spices," related to kirbal "sieve," perhaps from Late Latin cribellum, diminutive of Latin cribrum "sieve" (see crisis). Apparently a widespread word among Mediterranean traders (cf. Italian garbellare, Spanish garbillo); sense of "mix up, confuse, distort language" (by selecting some things and omitting others) first recorded 1680s. Related: Garbled; garbling.

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