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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.
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The BBC blunder came just a few months after director general Tony Hall declared war on mumblers.
8DA I ENJOYED watching the last series of Ripper Street on BBC1 but there are a few mumblers in it and I can't make out what they're saying.
If I ever, which God forbid, end up in an old people's home, that will be my glory, that I am the only one of the mumblers [?
And what I thought then and I still feel now is that it's because this room was a room full of misfits, outcasts, loners, dreamers, mumblers, delinquents, dropouts.
After more than a decade fronting dour Scots mumblers Arab Strap, the finest furrowed brow in Falkirk continues on his sombre solo path churning out catchy little toe-tappers with cheery titles like We're All Going To Die.
Abstainers, refuseniks, the disillusioned, mumblers, grumblers and the as yet uninitiated - now might be a very good time to climb back aboard the Mogganaut.
Having said that though, I bet those mumblers don't have young children to entertain over the final stretch of a long fortnight.
Because many pop singers are inarticulate mumblers and the music is cacophonous, it's perhaps not surprising that such misunderstandings abound.
The mumblers continued the project of shaping a common denominator faith, albeit one that is oriented more toward personal transformation than social stability.
Mumblers all, you write, spit and babble, one way sun, inch into the open, mirrors on string, scent bottles, black walls, black kitchen table, in Bamberg, touch everything.
Hungry bottoms: Braille breasts, VTLs and mumblers - our worst fashion crimes.
The result was magical as the two mumblers struggled to find space in the same studio for their massive egos.