verbage

<spelling, jargon> /ver'b*j/ Speech or writing with an excess of words or of obscure words.

Although identical in meaning, and almost in spelling, to the common word verbiage, Patrick Flatley believes he was the first to coin the word "verbage", as a portmanteau of "verbal" and "garbage", in the article cited below (itself a prime example of verbiage).

[Fordham University student newspaper, "The Observer", 1982-10-06, p6].

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Copyright Denis Howe 1985

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