I like words. Alot. So since this is my blog, and since that means I get to do what I want with it, I am creating a new column. When I stumble over a particularly neat word, or better, a particularly neat explanation or origin of a word, I'll post it here. How about that, huh?
So, without further ado, gentle reader, I give you...
Origin: The Arab alchemist and mathematician Jabir ibn Hayyan, also known as Geber (c. 721-c. 815 AD) was one of the most influential men in medieval Christian science. His works were so shrouded in allegorical symbolism that 'gibberish' entered the vocabulary.
Source: Barret, David V., A Brief History of Secret Societies, Robinson edn, 2007