What’s in a Name? Think Rare Origin for GobbledeGoox

Archeology, rare origin

Lydia Oyetunji threw down the challenge by asking “How You Decided Your Blogs Name?” on her blog Live… Love… Share… On this blog’s first birth­day I thought perhaps it was time to share the rare origin.

Unusual Words

     One rare origin, the passion I have always had for unusu­al words. I search for them as I go through the diction­ary every day.  This is why at one time antidis­es­tab­lish­ment­ari­an­ism, once the longest word in the English diction­ary, was my favour­ite word. I liked the fact that it included challen­ging elements like “anti…” and “dises­tab­lish” in it, senti­ments that challenged tradi­tion­al think­ing. It also has a partic­u­lar sound as it rolled across the mouth.
     Having had many favour­ite words over time, includ­ing gobbledy­gook, I thought one of those would be the basis of the name of my blog.
     I have told the story before about invent­ing a word when I was 4 years old, on my way home from Kindergarden in North London. We walked past a long concrete wall that was both smooth and bumpy, with some rough patches. Apparently I once said “Mummy, look at this wall it is so ‘crickle’.” She wanted to know what I meant by that word. So I explained what I thought the word meant, showed her the wall and how crickle it was. She felt it unusu­al that any four year old could invent a new word, when his knowledge of the language should have been limited.
     Since then I discovered that rare origin­al word has a defin­i­tion, meaning a thin, sharp crack­ling sound. I have to say that I prefer my use of the word. Over the years she constantly reminded of this inven­tion. Truth is I still believe my origin­al defin­i­tion makes it a valid word.

The Arrival of Google

Google I remem­ber the day that Google was first unveiled to the world. A group of tech-heads huddled around a computer screen wonder­ing what to do with this new search engine. I leaned over and typed “Peter B Giblett” then hit search. I had never done that before, so it was an ideal first search for the new engine. Those results did include a freeware computer program that I had previ­ously written (still avail­able when I last checked).
     What was fascin­at­ing about Google, was not the fact that it was a new search engine, we had Alta-Vista, Yahoo and others at the time. The fascin­a­tion was for the rare origin of the word itself. It was a pure inven­tion, but an inven­ted word that would over time become so import­ant to our world.
     “Google” was appar­ently a play on the word googol, a mathem­at­ic­al concept — 10 followed by one hundred zeros. Wikipedia states the origin as a merger of the words “go” and “ogle”. Personally I prefer the first defin­i­tion which is clean and mathem­at­ic­al. There were other examples, such as google eyed, which hails from the first decade of the 20th century. I doubt this had any impact on the search engine invent­ors, who seemed to be able to corner the market with this partic­u­lar word.


Fulfil the needs of the content?     Defined as “preten­tious or unintel­li­gible jargon, such as that used by officials.” Purportedly first used by Democrat repres­ent­at­ive Maury Maverick of Texas. As a special note: the British version of this word is spelt with an “e” instead of the “y”.
     One of the worst things any writer can do is use unintel­li­gible jargon, partic­u­larly the jargon of their profes­sion, inten­ded to give them an air of being an élite group. This happens in any field of life, people like to paint their profes­sion as something special, when it is not. This is as true for computer program­mers as it is for lawyers or account­ants. No specialty can exist in a vacuum. I remem­ber talking geek to my fellow computer program­mers, and may still do when I meet them. The only way to commu­nic­ate with normal people is to give up all the baffle-gab and gobbledy­gook, start speak­ing English and commu­nic­ate with words every­one can under­stand.
     The word gobbledy­gook is inter­est­ing. As well as the unusu­al spelling is has unusu­al sounds. When you say the word, it has an echoing effect in the mouth. The ‘b’ is reflec­ted in the ‘d’ and all the Gs have an almost rhythmic effect, yet having a poetic twist at the end with the ‘k’. Did Maverick invent it? I don’t know.

Creating a new Blog

Possibilities by Peter Giblett     In February 2016 it came time to create a new blog, of course I wanted a name that was a single word, rather like the ethos brought by the word “Google”. Short names, 6 charac­ters and under, were all likely to be gone (even if I inven­ted one) unless I could find one of rare origin. I tried a few ideas to see if there were some names that I could use. During the latter half of 2015 that I was research­ing possible names. In the process came across a few exist­ing blogs, such as writer unboxed, writer beware, terrible minds — to name a few.
     At one time I did own a site for my surname and could have react­iv­ated it, but decided against this course of action. New actions needed a new place to work. I am a firm believ­er in that, hence the search for an inter­est­ing name.

Rare Origin?

     We are human, we err — it is a fact of life. It is what we learn that matters the most. My blog was to be aimed at writers and bloggers who were seeking ways to improve their skills. Did the name have rare origins?
     Ideas often start as gobbledy­gook, incom­plete, fragmen­ted or scattered. Potentially they have a very rare origin or can be very common­place. They have a nugget of something in them and take time to form. Not so much a bad idea, but one that needs clari­fy­ing and putting in to focus. To show them to others then we must learn learn to make those ideas clear and explain­able. Taking gobbledy­gook and making something of it, that is the origin of the name, GobbledeGoox. The spirit of GobbledeGoox is bound up in a unique word that embod­ies the principle that we can get better, we can improve, take something half-baked and make it whole.
Full meaning?
     The goal helping ordin­ary, every­day bloggers, like me, learn along the way. I learn every day and hope you do. My inten­tion; to tell people in plain English lessons they may learn.
For example posts like:
Explain how to use certain facil­it­ies that every blogger should know.
The same is true for:
The words used are plain English, so anyone can under­stand. Bloggers are not geeks, but there is not reason they cannot under­stand techno­logy. These posts show all relev­ant steps along the way.


     I am currently devel­op­ing my blog and am strug­gling with sever­al challenges at the current time (where concepts are not fully explained). That is not accept­able. I believe even the most complex of concepts should be explain­able in plain English. Again that is the spirit of GobbledeGoox.
     It is true that I had already been writing about improv­ing writing skills over more than three years. This often drew inspir­a­tion from Wikinut, where I am a site moder­at­or. But Gobbledegoox is not inten­ded to criti­cise. It is inten­ded as a means of self-help or self improve­ment. What are the posit­ive to be learned? This is a crucial question we should all ask.
     That is what must be drawn out and that is what lies behind much of my mater­i­al.
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Buy Peter B. Giblett a coffee to thank him for reveal­ing the origin of the name of this blog. This is in part to celeb­rate the first anniversary of the blog. The images included here are from royalty free public domain image collec­tions, photo­graphs from Pixabay, or from Peter Giblett’s person­al collec­tion.


  1. Sometimes I wish I’d been more creat­ive in choos­ing a screen name. I wanted to start writing for a site that recom­men­ded something that could be a real person’s name. AOL used to gener­ate names based on where you were at the time, so from “KNGSPRTP” came “Priscilla King.” At the time all the irrel­ev­ant entries on Google were about Elvis Presley. Since then a few hundred people have entered cyber­space, many claim­ing that “Priscilla King” is their real name…well, I already own this brand, and people should choose a brand differ­ent from their real-world names.

    Later I tried brand­ing the Cat Sanctuary. It was actually dedic­ated as such in honor of a cat called Black Magic. Zillions of pets are called Magic. In cyber­space it had to be called “Graybelle’s Cat Sanctuary.” Graybelle didn’t stay there for even one year, but she did have a more unusu­al name than any of the resid­ent animals…

    • Many people use their real names as company or brand names. Usually corpor­ate law allows that as the only excep­tion to first come, first served basis of names. With the Internet being inter­na­tion­al there can be two businesses having almost the same name in almost the same line of business yet only the first can grab the domain name.

      The name “Black Magic” is fairly common. To my knowledge there is a chocol­ate brand having the name as well as many other products. It is diffi­cult to be unique, but that should nt stop people from trying.

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