Psittacism n.A string of meaningless, repetitive words. Literally “parrot talk.”
“Now let’s talk about the state of the economy.” The audience groaned at yet another psittacism.
Each Tuesday, we’ll offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. You can purchase all or any of the four Superior Person’s Books of Words from the Godine website. Psittacism appears in the Third.