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BAFFLEGAB. An informal pejorative term for fluent language that sounds impressive but confuses and confounds, and is often associated with politicians. In 1988, Senator J. Danforth Quayle, then a candidate for US Vice-President, explained his position on the need for a strategic defence initiative by saying, ‘Why wouldn't an enhanced deterrent, a more stable peace, a better prospect to denying the ones who enter conflict in the first place to have a reduction of offensive systems and an introduction to defensive capability?’ See JARGON.