National Gibberish Day is an unusual American holiday dedicated to gibberish. It is celebrated annually on September 20 in some US states.
The origin of this holiday is unknown. Gibberish in the modern language concept means speech that does not make sense to most people, or does not have it at all. It may consist of speech sounds that are not real words. This concept also includes professional jargon, which the vast majority of people will not know (for example, when a doctor asks to give him “ears”, then we are talking about a fanendoscope).
National Gibberish Day is usually celebrated by representatives of certain professions or any other group of people who have their own “language”.
Researchers studying the features of the formation and development of various languages express the opinion that the merit of the appearance of incomprehensible or slang speech belongs to Jabir ibn Hayyan. And the term “gibberish” itself came from his name. This man lived in the 8th century and was an alchemist. Records of his research were kept in a coded language that only those close to him could understand. Samuel Johnson, the creator of The English Dictionary, explained the emergence of gibberish as a linguistic phenomenon in this way. In the future, many researchers questioned his theory, although no one could offer a more realistic replacement for it.
How to celebrate
- If you are a representative of a profession in which gibberish is pronounced when communicating, then use jargon more often. After all, thanks to you, the language becomes richer.
- Congratulate people who use jargon in the workplace with National Gibberish Day.
- Find out more interesting information about the origin and meaning of the jargons of different groups.
When is National Gibberish Day in 2022?
National Gibberish Day is observed on September 20 each year.