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    #1

    Absurdity of vacuous gibber

    Hello,

    Can anybody help me with the bold text?

    I had only one sib, my late sister. The men of my lifelong existence whom I would countenance as my brother
    are less than the number of dactyls on my left hand, and they know who they are.
    Apparently, Ray Bradbury and I are brothers.
    Not in some absurd catchall absurdity of vacuous gibber, but actually and really, "we are brothers."
    Whence cometh this assertion?
    From Ray Bradbury. That's whence.

    Harlan Ellison, The Weariness, 2012

    I think I get the merit of the phrase but nevertheless I have decided to ask somebody for more explicit interpretation.

    Thank you very much

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    #2

    Re: Absurdity of vacuous gibber

    Hello Johnyxxx,

    absurd = illogical / foolish
    catchall = generalising / sweeping
    absurdity = stupidity / foolishness / illogicality
    vacuous = mindless
    gibber = rapid and unintelligible speech / gabble

    Using the above, in my opinion the sentence means:

    "Not in some illogical sweeping stupidity of mindless gabble".

    Is that similar to your thoughts on it?

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    #3

    Re: Absurdity of vacuous gibber

    I had a vague idea it meant something like, "It is no bullshit or an empty phrase we are brothers", so it seems I was not so far in understanding the line.

    Thank you very much.

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    #4

    Re: Absurdity of vacuous gibber

    Johnny while I personally find no offense in a word you used above, you should know that some people will take offense to any word containing the word "s**t." And oddly, the bull-form may be less offensive to some than the "s-word" on its own. Just be careful of who you use these words around.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: Absurdity of vacuous gibber

    Ok. I get it.

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