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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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With time running out, Mumble compels Ramon to marshal the Adelie penguins to help with the rescue effort.
Happy Feet Two trades heavily on the charm of the original, hoping our affection for Mumble and his friends will blind us to the script's chasms.
Mumble chases after the little ones and returns home to discover a giant iceberg has slammed into their home, trapping all of the Emperor penguins to certain doom.
Downhearted, Mumble embarks on a voyage of self-discovery, unleashing his musical soul and revealing affections for pretty childhood friend Gloria (Murphy).
PERSIL Non Bio has launched a Little Penguins campaign, as part of it's link up with hit film Happy Feetao, about hippity hoppity dancing penguin Mumble.
The fantastic animated film tells the story of Mumble, a super-cute baby penguin who faces a huge problem.
He also voices Lovelace, the Barry White-style guru who tells Mumble where he can find the "aliens" who may be taking the fish.
The unlikely hero of the tale is a young penguin called Mumble (voiced by Wood), who is an outcast in his community.
Mumble (voice by Elijah Wood, moves by a motion-capture-rigged Savion Glover) can't sing, which makes finding a mate with the standard heartsong problematic.
Newborn tyke Mumble can't put two notes together, but the little bugger sure can dance; he's born tapping, with speed and moves the equal of tapmaster Savion Glover, who provided the motion-capture terping for the furry bird.
Mumbles Pips, a November 2001 son of Mumble Swerve and Amber Green, got off the mark on his debut in an A7 at Walthamstow on Tuesday night, scoring by almost a length in a respectable 29.
My students would begin to mumble read whenever I asked them to read silently.