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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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Wayward Tory mumbler Boris Johnston to motormouth 'yeah, but no, but yeah' Little Britain problem child Vicky?
The oral histories and photographs collected along the south coast by Lee Chittick and Terry Fox in the 1990s for their book about the life of Percy Mumbler add an important further dimension to this corpus of material.
He's tall, dark and handsome and, unlike that stonefaced mumbler Pierce Brosnan, he's a brilliant actor into the bargain.
For the first hundred pages or more, it's the formula as usual: In the concentrated essence of two years of interviews with Ken Jordan, Foreman plays the familiar mumbler and kvetch, deconstructing self and work to irrecoverable conceptual soup.
It's high time there were more like the Manama Mumbler complaining in the GDN about cats at the British Club.
It's the next two Rambo movies that ruined things for me, so I wasn't too sure if I was going to enjoy another outing from the machine gun-toting mumbler.
He then used the remainder of book 1 to assure his readers of their fitness for this science by exposing all his predecessors as stutterers and mumblers. But in book 3, Aristotle has systematically dismantled this set of assumptions, thereby casting doubt on the overarching assumption that wisdom is a science: even Aristotle's audience mumbles.
"Can't the mumblers and the moaners just go away and let the council and the rest of us see if we can make a success for all this?" Redcar MP Anna Turley, who chaired a Redcar public meeting in 2016 before the schemes were drawn up, has also reacted.
It's pretty entertaining to watch the panic of the established political class as all their trained mumblers with their memorized sound-bites stand there with jaws agape, wondering what hit 'em.
"Happy Valley should be called happy mumblers, needed subtitles on."
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 [?] who knows how a pig eats a banana.