The word was defined by its inventor, Milton A Smith, as "multiloquence characterized by consummate interfusion of circumlocution or periphrasis, inscrutability, and other familiar manifestations of abstruse expatiation commonly utilized for promulgations implementing Procrustean determinations by governmental bodies." Thus defining "bafflegab" using bafflegab.
Smith was awarded with the presentation of a plaque by the Bellingham Herald for his invention of the word.
In popular culture
In the Doctor Who serial The Pirate Planet, the Fourth Doctor exclaims "Bafflegab, my dear. I've never heard such bafflegab in all my lives," after Queen Xanxia attempts to explain how she plans to gain immortality.
In Robert J. Sawyer's 2000 science fiction book Calculating God, the main character Thomas Jericho refers to Stephen Jay Gould's phrase "non-overlapping magisteria" as "a typical bit of Gouldish bafflegab."