The phrase ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ is used to describe incomprehensible or unintelligible language, or to describe activity or language that is intended to cause confusion. The term is also used to describe an item to which superstitious reverence or awe is ascribed.
Example of Use: “Don’t tell me you actually believe all that mumbo jumbo!”
The term 'mumbo jumbo' is believed to have been coined in 1738, when Francis Moore’s work Travels into Africa described a tall, masked dancer called a Mumbo Jumbo. The Mumbo Jumbo served as an of oracle that sorted out disputes between members of the Mandingo tribe.