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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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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.
Which is probably the very reason the Mockney mumbler does indeed love it there so much - because no one can understand what any bugger is saying, let alone him
It's high time there were more like the Manama Mumbler complaining in the GDN about cats at the British Club.
OK, so after the first eight mai tais that ``9'' sure looks like a ``4,'' and darn it, after that many pretty drinks I'd probably also get a hankering to know the mumbler of the Steers and Bobeck, rannow
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.
Del Toro, the magnificent mumbler from ``The Usual Suspects,'' is no one's idea of a romantic leading man, but he gets the job done by playing against it.
And after some showy rounds of ultra-hip casting - besides Bowie, the film features Dennis Hopper, Courtney Love and ``The Usual Suspects' '' marvelous mumbler Benicio Del Toro - Wright was hired last.
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?
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.