For my word search on babble, I found some very interesting information about the word and also ran into some difficulty. I think the biggest dilemma I encountered was the fact that my word was not listed in the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature. I visited three different locations for this specific book to locate my word in. I went to the Bay View library, the East Providence Weaver library, and the Providence Public library. However, my word was not listed in any of the books. I think that the most interesting part of all of this was the fact that there was not a single one of my synonyms listed either. Strange!
The first reference I used was The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. The word babble means to utter a meaningless confusion of words or sounds. To talk foolishly or idly; chatter. “In 1977 he was thought of as crazy because he was babbling about supply side.” (Newt Gingrich). To make a continuous low, murmuring sound, as flowing water. To utter rapidly and indistinctly, to blurt out impulsively; disclose without careful consideration. Babble (n) inarticulate or meaningless talk or sounds, idle talk; prattle.
The second reference I used was The Roget’s II New Thesaurus. I found that there were many synonyms for the word babble. Babble used as a verb could also be said as blather, chatter, gabble, gibber, jabber, prate, and prattle. Babble used as a noun can also be said as blather, blather-strike, double-talk, gabble, gibberish, jabber, jabberwocky, nonsense, prate, prattle, and twaddle. Out of all those words, I found that prate interested me the most cause I had never seen this word before. So I took the time to look it up in the Oxford American Dictionary, to find out that it meant, to chatter, or talk too much. Now I understand its relationship to the word babble.
Next I used Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible to look up any verse in the bible that contain the word babble. The verse that I came up with was from “The Book of Proverbs”. It is:
~ “Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the faithless among men.”
~ “Who scream? Who shriek? Who hath babbling? Who have wounds? Who have strife? Who have anxiety? Who have black eyes?”
~ “Those who linger long over wine, those who engage in trials of blended wine.”
I also used The Harvard to Shakespeare to find more information about babble. In The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 1, Scene 2, line 95, the word babble was used with the characters Lucetta and Julia. In this scene Julia tells Lucetta that she will not let this babble bring any anger or trouble to her, as much as others try to make it trouble her.
Lucetta-“indeed, I bid the base for Proteus”
Julia-“this babble shall not henceforth trouble
me. Here is a coil with prostetation! – (Tears
the letter) Go, get you gone, and let the papers
lie: you would be fingering them, to anger me.”
Lucetta-“she makes it strange; but she would be
best pleas’d To be so anger’d with another
I did not find the Granger’s Index to Poetry very helpful or convenient. One reason why is that once I found a poem title, I had to go searching for the poem in another book, unlike the concordances where I looked it up in the concordances, and then went to one complete book to get the information, I found many poem options in Granger’s to choose from, but they were hard to find in other books. I discovered a poem by Jack Prelutsky called, “Nonsense”. As you can see by the title of this poem, it is a synonym for the word babble, this is because my word was not listed in Granger’s book. Therefor I resorted to a synonym.
“Nonsense? That’s what makes no sense; a walrus waltzing on a fence, cats in vats of cheese and chowder, weasels sniffing sneezing powder, elephants with bright umbrellas dancing sprightly tarantellas, tigers dressed in spotted sweaters playing chess and writing letters.
Nonsense? Lizards clanging cymbals, flying eggs and weeping thimbles, sleeping prunes and crooning poodles, hopping spoons and creeping noodles, schools of fish that moo like cattle, bloomers marching into battle, pigs with