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  • n  a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument

  • The blurred argle-bargle of private thoughts is so much less interesting than even the most preposterous oratory; Drury's people are so ordinary that they could be sold to a .
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  • The Brouhaha Behind 'Argle Bargle': A Linguistic Explanation
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia invoked a curious term in his fierce dissent of Wednesday's ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, calling it a "legalistic argle-bargle," which sounds like a made up word if we've ever heard one, but was actually a carefully chosen phrase of disgust. It originates from the Scottish phrase "argy-bargy" — an even sillier phrase — which, according ...
    June 26, 2013 - The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News
  • Scalia Slams 'Legalistic Argle-Bargle,' Re-Argues 'Homosexual Sodomy' In Dissenting DOMA Rant
    The court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday in a 5-4 decision. In a dissent choked with rage , Scalia dismissed the majority's reasoning as "legalistic argle-bargle."
    June 26, 2013 - The Huffington Post
  • Justice Scalia Used The Term 'Argle-Bargle' In A Scathing, Condescending DOMA Rant
    In a scathing dissent laden with sarcasm and condescension toward his fellow justices , Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that the court's majority used legalistic "argle-bargle" as its rationale for striking down the key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.
    June 26, 2013 - Business Insider

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