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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Babel.
 
A perfect Babel. A thorough confusion. “A Babel of sounds.” A confused uproar, in which nothing can be heard but hubbub. The allusion is to the confusion of tongues at Babel. (Genesis xi.)   1
       
“God … comes down to see their city,
… … and in derision sets
Upon their tongues a various spirit, to raze
Quite out their native language, and instead
To sow a jangling noise of words unknown.
Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loud
Among the builders; each to other calls
Not understood… . Thus was the building left
Ridiculous, and the work Confusion named.”
       
Milton: Paradise Lost, xii. 48–62.
 


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