technobabble

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Etymology[edit]

techno- +‎ babble

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technobabble (uncountable)

  1. Technical or scientific language used in fiction to convey a false impression of meaningful technical or scientific content.
  2. From the point of view of the layperson, technical and scientific literature not understood.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1997 — Lawrence Miles, Alien Bodies, ch. 4, p. 84
    'Dimensional incursion? What kind of ludicrous technobabble is that supposed to—'
    Unexpectedly, he fell silent.
  • 1998 — Peter Anghelides, Kursaal, ch. 1, p. 6
    'We are self-sufficient...We don't rely on clear skies and satellite access and not being deep underground, because of your wonderful technobabble devices.'
  • 2006 — Michael Pritchard (comp.), Doctor Who Magazine, 376:45 (Nov)
    "And despite all the weird events the dialogue is naturalistic and light on technobabble", says Peter. "Such a relief after recent stories."

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