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->''"Carrageenan, Monteljohn. Can you detect me to the nearest bus stamp?"''
-->-- '''Senor Cardgage''', WebAnimation/HomestarRunner

Using InherentlyFunnyWords, NonSequitur or random gibberish to humorous effect. Often used in SurrealHumor. Contrast with WordSaladHorror (unless dealing with some serious BlackComedy).

The (usually derisive) phrase "[[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd monkey]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RWdyjSutKQ cheese]]" is also sometimes used to describe such humor.

Occasions in which WordSaladHumor may be employed:
* DadaComics
* NonSequiturThud
* OrphanedPunchline
* SurrealHumor
* TalkativeLoon
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible
* WordSaladLyrics
* WebAnimation/YouTubePoop



[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Rowntree's "Randoms" campaign had people dropping the names of the various shapes of the sweets into otherwise normal dialogue.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The ''Happy Noodle Boy'' one-shot comics in ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' by Jhonen Vasquez.
** Jhonen Vasquez's works in general have a lot of this.


[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* In addition to his usual [[GrossOutShow gross-out humour]], the infamous ComicsNix also makes heavy use of this trope. Typically, he'll use a mish-mash of completely unrelated and often obscure words to describe something or someone, occasionally hiding exactly ''one'' relevant term among them.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/OceansTwelve,'' the conversation between Danny, Rusty, Linus, and Matsui is a collection of gibberish that everyone understands... except Linus.
-->'''Rusty:''' A doctor, who specializes in skin diseases, will dream he has fallen asleep in front of the television. Later, he will wake up in front of the television, but not remember his dream.
-->'''Danny:''' If all the animals along the equator were capable of flattery, then Thanksgiving and Hallowe'en would fall on the same day.
* Happens unintentionally in the AI-written short film ''Film/{{Sunspring}}''. The plot includes such gibberish lines as "Well, I have to go to the skull!" It's also quite hard to figure out the plot because of the word-salad dialogue. Pretty much all that is distinguishable is that there is probably a love triangle between the three characters, one may or may not have gone to space, and he at least contemplates suicide.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Dream, vision, hallucination, revelation and/or brainwashing sequences in ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' and its spinoffs tend to be either this or WordSaladHorror, although they are frequently both simultaneously, combining imagery from everything from Literature/TheBible and Myth/ClassicalMythology to Masonic lore, {{Occultism}} and the UsefulNotes/{{Kabbalah}} to Creator/HPLovecraft, pornography and ComicStrip/KrazyKat with ArcWords chosen seemingly at random and very clever yet completely nonsensical wordplay.
* Several books have the Bursar of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s Unseen University lapsing into this during particularly bad points in his Ridcully-induced mental instability.
-->"Why certainly, I'll have your whelk! How do we do it? Volume!"
** This is also the primary method of speaking of Foul Ole Ron, hence why he sometimes associates with Gaspode as a "thinking-brain dog." When ''not'' assisted by the dog, he says things like "Buggerit, millennium hand and shrimp." This also causes some puzzlement during Ron's short-lived attempt to work as a newsie in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', as he calls out things like "Hoinarylup" and "Squidaped-oyt!"

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Many of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'''s musical numbers were acapella non-verbals arranged for a song-like quality. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpcUxwpOQ_A&feature=related Especially funny when done with characters whose speech is incomprehensible.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDFgtFXfnv0 Even moreso if the original is in a language the audience doesn't understand anyway.]]
* Taken to its logical conclusion by Eric Idle in the ''Series/RutlandWeekendTelevision'' sketch 'Gibberish', which takes a typical television interview, then simply removes the dialogue and replaces it with random silly words. The sketch with Henry Woolf was then reprised with Dan Aykroyd for American audiences on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
-->"I see. Rapidly piddlepot strumming Hanover peace pudding mouse rumpling cuddly corridor cabinets?"
-->"Sick in a cup! Toejam whisper tap Sunderland shower-curtain, ice wallpaper cups grounchingly rubber king wrapped butter kissing-feathers definitely pheasantry daughter successfully douche dinner-bottom."
-->"Machine wrapped with butter?"
-->"Machine wrapped with butter."
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' and ''WesternAnimation/CartoonPlanet'' just ''loved'' this trope, with segments featuring Space Ghost, Zorak, and Brak just saying a single word, such as "pants", back-and-forth to each other for no reason.
* From ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' (one of a vastly ''enormous'' number of examples):
-->'''Raymond Luxury-Yacht''': That's not my name.
-->'''Interviewer''': I'm sorry, Raymond Luxury Yach-t.
-->'''Raymond Luxury-Yacht''': No, no, no. It's spelled Raymond Luxury-Yach-t, but it's pronounced 'Throat-Warbler Mangrove'.
-->'''Interviewer''': You're a very silly man, and I'm not going to interview you.
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', after Lorelai has just pointed out to Emily and Rory that both "oy" and "poodles" are very funny words
-->'''Lorelai''': In fact, if you put oy and poodle together in the same sentence, you'd have a great new catch phrase, you know? Like, oy with the poodles already. So from now on, when the perfect circumstances arise, we will use our favorite new catch phrase.
-->'''Rory''': Oy with the poodles already.
* The "Alex Trebek Has Gone Insane" segment of ''[[Creator/ConanOBrien Conan]]''. Through creative editing, Trebek ends up saying things like "J.Lo is slang for someone who communicates by extrasensory means with other Japanese yeast exports."
* The ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' game "Foreign Film" revolves around this, combined with AsLongAsItSoundsForeign. Whatever the chosen language is, English loanwords will make their way into the ensuing word salad.
* One ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' "Weekend Update" segment introduced Dawn Lazarus, a first-time meteorologist who's prone to getting her words mixed up when nervous. Her speech is just intelligible enough that you can generally tell that she is in fact talking about weather, while still being completely nonsensical:
--> "Hap! Pertipitations, gonna have it, and if I'm you, cancel it that picnic and get it lumbrella. Woo! And the map, we got it wet from here all the way and here. And... That's that sky!"


[[folder: Music ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4onhPFyfrM Zabadak]]:
-->Karakakora kakarakak
-->Shai shai skagalak
* [[http://www.ferin.com/words.mp3/ Bulbous Bouffant by The Vestibules]] takes the surrealism inherent in the sound of words and eventually turns it into a kind of poetry.
* The song "Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot" by Carumba.
* Comedy music act Worm Quartet's lead singer (and sole member) Shoebox has numerous songs that consist entirely of syntactically correct gibberish. If you listen long enough, things like "my prostitute has evaporated" almost start to make sense.
* "Drinking Out Of Cups" by Dan Deacon, a spoken word piece that later became better known when Liam Lynch (''Series/TheSiflAndOllyShow'') made a short animation to go with it. Passages like "Who's this guy? Mr. Balloons? Mr. Balloon hands?" and "I'm in love with the seahorses. They're fuckin' unreal. I love them, they're like all the clocks..." were the result of him acting like a macho Long Islander stereotype and spontaneously responding to things he saw while watching a TV on mute (although some people [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs have other ideas about its origins]]).
* "[[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozs079hRq8c/ Francium]]" sung by Hatsune Miku.


[[folder: New Media ]]

* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', full stop, with characters often inserting bizarre malapropisms randomly into otherwise normal dialog. There are also the characters Homsar and Senor Cardgage, who only ever speak this way.
-->'''Homsar:''' My name's Millions, and I'm the son of a Chipwich!\\
'''Senor Cardgage:''' Carageenan, Montlejohn. Can you detect me to the nearest bus stamp?
* WebOriginal/LOLCats seems to revolve around extracting humour from posting pictures of cats alongside AOL-speak.
** The earliest "Caturday" pictures had proper language and were still plenty funny, making this ''another'' instance of {{Flanderization}}.
* This is the appeal of most WebAnimation/YouTubePoop.
* [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama The Llama Song]]. Llama llama cheesecake llama tablet brick potato llama.
* [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/07/23/spam_poetry_compendium/ Spam poetry]], composed of the randomized text which spammers use to trip up filters. The "Hello Muscle palace" message [[http://www.mugglenet.com/emails.shtml here]] is an example.
* ''Shitposting'' has become the generally accepted term for this sort of humor on the [[Website/{{Tumblr}} major]] [[Website/{{Twitter}} hubs]] [[Website/{{Facebook}} of]] [[ImageBoards social]] [[{{Website/Reddit}} media]].


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', of all comics, occasionally dabbled in this:
-->'''Calvin''': Hey Dad. Know what I figured out? The meaning of words isn't a fixed thing! Any word can mean anything! By giving words new meanings, ordinary English can become an exclusionary code! Two generations can be divided by the same language! To that end, I'll be inventing new definitions for common words, so we'll be unable to communicate. Don't you think that's totally Spam? It's lubricated! Well, I'm phasing.
-->'''Father''': (Making the peace sign) Marvy. Fab. Far out.
** Another golden example is when Calvin is asked to explain Newton's First Law of Motion [[ExactWords in his own words]], and he writes, "[[LoopholeAbuse Yakka foob mog. Grug pubbawup zink wattoom gazork. Chumble spuzz.]]"
* ''Zippy'' has run on this trope for thirty years now.


[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Creator/GeorgeCarlin (in a list of everyday expressions that make no sense):
-->"In your own words." You know, you hear that a lot. In a court room or a classroom, they'll say "tell us... in your own words." Do you have your own words? Hey, I'm using the ones everyone else has been using! Next time they tell you to say something in your own words, say "Niq fluk bwarney quando floo!"


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Dogg's Hamlet'' by Creator/TomStoppard, most of the characters speak a language called "Dogg", which consists of English words given different meanings.


[[folder: Videogames ]]

* One of the villains in superhero parody ''Spandex Force'' is the aptly-named Professor Aphasia. He weirds the player character out so much that after his first appearance, the box on the side which slowly reveals a picture of the current chapter's villain as you gather clues to their whereabouts remains ''blank''.
* Periodically used in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', where a staggering number of enemies and one playable character are classed as "Psychos". There's even a random bandit death line where the casualty will claim to have "made you a salad - out of words".

[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Occurs frequently in ''Webcomic/WhiteNinjaComics''
* The Chef Brian strips from ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' most definitely qualify as this. The phrases he says are sometimes almost comprehensible, so it's not entirely random, but altogether it makes no sense. The first one was apparently created as {{filler}}, and late at night, but it quickly became popular.
* Twisp and Catsby from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' are a high class cat and demon([[NonindicativeName respectively]]) who live in an absurd world, and Twisp manages to exhibit {{Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness}} while only saying one word at a time. They were originally created as a parody of nonsensical things, but again, the fanbase became instantly attached to them.
* Known as Random-Access Humor in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}''. It's horrendously unfunny, even when compared to other examples of WordSaladHumor.
* In ''Webcomic/MrSquare'' this is most everything "the sheep" says, but a prime example is when Mr. Square makes [[http://revfitz.com/comic/issue380/ "Gutter Muppet Glitter Cakes"]].
* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', occasionally. Usually from Millie. "Armadillo! Armadillo! The cheese from Zimbabwe has lugubriously flattened my popcorn!"
* The non-Anglosphere countries of ''{{Webcomic/Polandball}}'' [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny speak Engrish by default]], but some authors take it UpToEleven with it to make dialogue full-fledged world salad, as seen [[https://i.imgur.com/tfQPF4a.png here]].
* ''Webcomic/ThinkinLincoln'': George Washington tried this once just to see if it's funny. It was.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Grey Wolf's schtick in ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'' is basically halfway between this and NonSequiturThud.
* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/phonetic-translations Phonetic "translations"]] of foreign-language songs [[{{Mondegreen}} misheard into the listener's native language]] often fall into this. "My loony bun is fine Benny Lava!" "Distort that tart in my nub!"
* Speaking of "phonetic translations," {{YouTube}}'s auto-generated subtitles are an absolute goldmine of hilarious gibberish when used on videos done in different languages. To a lesser extent, it even does this with English as well.
* ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob'': "Badger, badger, badger, badger. [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/badgers Mushroom, mushroom! Snake!"]]
* [[http://kansattica.livejournal.com Awesome in Kansattica]] does this sometimes.
* [[http://botnik.org/studios.html Botnik Studios]] a series of reviews, scripts, and more using a predictive text emulator.
* Some of the answers in ''WebOriginal/TimsChemistryExam'' fall into this trope, such as "fork + shoe = spleen".
* Music/BadLipReading, a Website/YouTube channel that essentially does elaborate [[GagDub gag dubs]] of pop music videos (and later, also clips from films and TV shows), uses a lot of this kind of humor. Witness Music/RebeccaBlack singing about gang fights and chicken, {{Ludacris}} claiming to be "a magic man with a magic goose", and Music/MileyCyrus wanting to "get dumb and bang a wizard".
* [[http://twitter.com/#!/Horse_ebooks @Horse_ebooks]], at first glance, is a {{Website/Twitter}} bot that tweeted random, broken sentences from ebooks. Initially, its tweets were about horses, with its creator running a number of similar bots that focused on other subjects (in a rather pathetic attempt at advertising a shady ebook website), but Horse_ebooks ended up being the only one still standing, as it seemed to have a talent for creating entertaining nonsense that inspired people [[http://horseebooks.tumblr.com/ to write]] {{fanfiction}}, [[http://horseecomics.tumblr.com/ draw comics]] and [[http://horseeposters.com/#34230786360 make posters]]. During its run, it was followed by over a hundred and fifty thousand people. It was eventually revealed to be part of a ViralMarketing campaign (along with ''ARG/PronunciationBook'') for the FMV adventure game ''Bear Stearns Bravo''.
** As it turns out, Horse_ebooks ''was'' originally a legitimate advertising bot, but after one of ''Bear Stearns Bravo''[='s=] creators bought the account from its original creator, the new owner preceded to personally come up with and type out ''every single tweet''. For over ''two years''.
* ''Music/SongsToWearPantsTo'': Andrew Huang and fellow {{YouTube}}r Gunarolla have a series of shorts called "We Are What You Tweet", with dialogue submitted by viewers via twitter. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E3eGg85EKI Conversations full of wacky non-sequiturs ensue]].
* LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} uses this all day. Less so now than in his earlier videos, which he thinks came off as forced.
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', he was annoyed by the movie treating the line "[[CaptainObvious That's a lotta fish]]" as though it was a gut-busting joke, and declared even just having the line be "poppity pop pop pop" would have been a funnier joke.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2337 Dr. Spanko]]. It's a talking corn crake that speaks entirely in word salad. As an added bonus, all of this word salad is spoken at 90+ decibels! The site describes it as speaking "a language tangentially related to English". As an example, it refers to gummy worms (its favorite food) as "stranglefruits". In addition, it randomly places in the word "cack'.
--->'''Dr. Spanko:''' Cack! Am christened Herr Doktor Spankoflex. Am colloquially namesplapped with Essy-Pee twothreethree and Steven, am complicate across the state.
** Dr. Spanko [[CrowningMomentOfFunny has a]] CharacterBlog! You can find it [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/askinate-herr-spankoflex here]].
* The vast majority of the popular jokes on Website/{{Tumblr}} fall into this category. It's sometimes even used for ''insults'', which can and often does lead to {{Narm}}.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/fBYlrAo.png Bam Ham City]]
* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/has-anyone-really-been-far-even-as-decided-to-use-even-go-want-to-do-look-more-like "Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?"]], leading to a thread filled with {{Reaction Shot}}s from other posters trying to decipher it.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' discusses this in the episode "So Random!" Pinkie considers it the ultimate form of humor, but Cranky isn't impressed.
-->'''Pinkie:''' What are you talking about? Everyone wants to be my friend, I'm hilarious! Chicken strudel!\\
'''Pinkie:''' Why won't you laugh, you, uh, you stone-hearted... No, cold-hearted! No... you don't even have a heart! You have a stone... made of cold.\\
'''Cranky:''' No, you're not funny. You're just saying random words in a funny accent and thinking that's the same as comedy.
* [[https://twitter.com/RoboRosewater Robo-Rosewater]], a Twitter bot that creates random TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering cards. Some of them actually make some sort of twisted sense. Some of them...are this.
* [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] opened his review of ''VideoGame/DriverSanFrancisco'' with one of these:
-->''Wanna hear [[ExactWords something crazy]]? Titty fuck labrador swimming up the Nile.''

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rejected}}'''s first sketch basically consists of a man saying "Mah spoon is too big" in various inflections, then an anthropomorphic banana appears and yells "I am a banana!", followed by a vacuum cleaner noise. It still manages to be hilarious.
** "Tuesday's coming. Did you bring your coat?"
** "I'm feeling fat, and sassy."
** "I am the Queen of France."
* Pinkie Pie, a character in the cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', is [[EstablishingCharacterMoment well-known]] for being prone to quirky, nonsensical, random behavior, sometimes resulting in Word Salad-esque lines. The trope appears in an obvious form during "The Last Roundup", in which Pinkie Pie tortures Applejack with inane babbling until she confesses.
--> "Isn't that just the funnest thing to say? Pickle barrel, pickle barrel, pickle barrel! Say it with me: pickle barrel kumquat, pickle barrel kumquat, [[{{Portmanteau}} chimicherrychunga]]!"
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has examples like "If I'm lucky, one day Mr. Talent will rub his tentacles on my art!" (The title itself would probably count, if it wasn't a concise description of the protagonist.)
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', being another Creator/JhonenVasquez work, has it all over the place. Radioactive rubber pants, anyone?
* Several [[RunningGag recurring gags]] in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' began this way. Case in point: "Klimpaloon, the magical old-timey bathing suit that lives in the Himalayas."
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': The Plumbus, some kind of fleshy device/pet thing [[CowTools with no known function]], gets a How it's Made-esque video about its manufacture that amounts to a ''lot'' of this in quick sucession, as every step involves more and more words that make less and less sense.


[[folder: Memetic Mutation ]]

* A semi-legendary post at the Website/FourChan in response to a trailer for ''VideoGame/TheConduit'': "[[http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/384/246/e45.jpg Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like]]?"
** [[http://www.quickmeme.com/img/ee/eeb6f77115243bbee3c9499fe57776d45947f4cf8820c218e1603acec1ceb297.jpg You've got to be kidding me]]. I've been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can. Can you really be far even as decided half as much to use go wish for that? My guess is that when one really been far even as decided once to use even go want, it is then that he has really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like. [[TheWalrusWasPaul It's just common sense]].


[[folder: Other ]]

* Creator/DurwoodFincher, a.k.a. "Mr. Doubletalk", has this as his main shtick. He pretends to be giving people serious interviews, but he mixes in NonSequitur phrases with complete gibberish. His interviewees are usually too polite to comment on the nonsense, so they try to give legitimate answers to the gobbledygook. Perhaps best illustrated by his CatchPhrase: "What, if any, and if not, how much?"


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorless_green_ideas_sleep_furiously Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.]] This was a sentence devised by linguist Noam Chomsky to illustrate a grammatically correct sentence that made no sense. It's also hilarious.
* Because they can speak human words but generally have no idea what they mean, parrots will often [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYpwOucI-f4 do]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNavxvvN9QI this]].