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mumble

(1)
Said when the correct response is too complicated to enunciate, or the speaker has not thought it out. Often prefaces a longer answer, or indicates a general reluctance to get into a long discussion. "Don't you think that we could improve LISP performance by using a hybrid reference-count transaction garbage collector, if the cache is big enough and there are some extra cache bits for the microcode to use?" "Well, mumble ... I'll have to think about it."

mumble

(2)
Yet another metasyntactic variable, like foo.

mumble

(3)
Sometimes used in "public" contexts on-line as a placefiller for things one is barred from giving details about. For example, a poster with pre-released hardware in his machine might say "Yup, my machine now has an extra 16M of memory, thanks to the card I'm testing for Mumbleco."

mumble

(4)
A conversational wild card used to designate something one doesn't want to bother spelling out, but which can be glarked from context. Compare blurgle.

mumble

(5)
[XEROX PARC] A colloquialism used to suggest that further discussion would be fruitless.
References in classic literature ?
When at last I showed him out on the quarter-deck he drew a long, spiritless sigh, and mumbled dismally that he must really be going back to his ship now.
He mumbled regretfully in the shops, bought in- ferior scraps of meat after long hesitations; and discouraged all allusions to his costume.
He mumbled several words, you understand, but that was all that caught the son's ear.
Ralph mumbled something about being on his way home.
He mumbled his words badly and Guph had to listen carefully in order to understand him.
His sunken eyes glittered and his wrinkled lips moved over toothless gums as he mumbled weird incantations to the demons of his cult.
He saw it move and slowly raise itself to its hands and knees, where it swayed to and fro as its eyes roved about in search of him; and when at last they found him, there broke from the drawn lips the mumbled words: "Food
It is the way of the white man," Ebbits mumbled with an air of resignation.
Five goats and a new sleeping mat," mumbled Bukawai.
Rubbing his hands together happily, he mumbled half to himself:
In the midst of receipts for "Rabbits, and Chickens mumbled, Pickled Samphire, Skirret Pye, Baked Tansy," and other forgotten delicacies, there were directions for the preparation of several lotions for the preservation of beauty.
His brother got into bed, and whether he slept or did not sleep, tossed about like a sick man, coughed, and when he could not get his throat clear, mumbled something.