- nonsense, gobbledygook
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:nonsense
- 1888, Henry James, chapter 5, in The Reverberator, Macmillan and Co.:
- […] and the old lady listened in silence, solemnly, rather coldly, as if she thought such talk a good deal of a galimatias: she belonged to the old-fashioned school and held that a young lady was sufficiently catalogued when it was said that she had a dazzling complexion or the finest eyes in the world.
- confused mixture; hodgepodge
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:hodgepodge
- galimathias (obsolete)
Unknown, first attested in Michel de Montaigne (1580) and other late 16th-century authors. There exist many very different hypotheses. The Trésor de la langue française informatisé cites sources that reject most of these hypotheses, including the only one in the dictionary of the Spanish Real Academia, which presents this as if it were not just one of many conjectures: "From Ancient Greek κατά Ματθαῖον (katá Matthaîon, “according to Matthew”), in reference to the way he describes the genealogy at the beginning of his Gospel." The Trésor comments it is commonly believed to be from Late Latin ballēmatia (“dance; obscene song”). Coromines and Pascual prefer a derivation from Latin Joseph ab Arimathia (“Joseph of Arimathea”), where Arimathia was thought of as an exotic place or country, then applied to incomprehensible speech, while also stating that the etymology may never be known with confidence, and that it appears the term is an invention of Michel de Montaigne's.
galimatias m (plural galimatias)
- nonsense, gobbledygook, galimatias
- 1897, Émile Laurent, “Les verbes nouveaux”, in La Poésie décadente devant la science psychiatrique:
- Voilà qui est déjà bien obscur. Les vers suivants sont absolument incompréhensibles. C’est du pur galimatias.
- This is already very obscure. The following lines are absolutely incomprehensible. They are pure gibberish.
- ^ “galimatias”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- ^ “galimatías”, in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014
- ^ Joan Coromines; José A. Pascual (1984), “galimatías”, in Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico (in Spanish), volume III (G–Ma), Madrid: Gredos, →ISBN, pages 40-41
- “galimatias”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
galimatias m inan
- galimatias in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
- galimatias in Polish dictionaries at PWN
galimatias m (invariable)
galimatias n (uncountable)