Rev. Quack's healing services are little more than mumbo jumbo.
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Origin of mumbo-jumbo
- From Mumbo-Jumbo masked dancer described in 18th-century European accounts of the Mandinka probably from Mandinka maamajomboo masked dancer with prophetic powers maama term of address for a masked dancer jomboo ceremony of opening or first use
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Probably from Mandinka maamajomboo (“mask; masked dancer"). What might be possible as well is the occurance of l-vocalization in the words "mumble" and "jumble".