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Here's the more common meaning: rigamarole is long, dull, overly complicated stuff in a procedure.

Less commonly, rigamarole is long, dull, pointless rambling in speech or writing.

RIG uh muh role

Part of speech:
Noun, usually the uncountable kind: "all that rigamarole," "this rigamarole."

Other forms:
You can use "rigamarole" as an adjective: "his rigamarole story," "her rigamarole style of speaking."

Here's a rare, alternate adjective: "rigmarolic."

And here's an obsolete noun that we should totally bring back: "rigmarolery."

Finally, there are tons of alternate forms of "rigamarole;" for example, an alternate spelling common in British English drops the first "a:" "rigmarole" (and the pronunciation, too, shortens to "RIG muh role").

How to use it:
When you're tired of phrases like "red tape," "jumping through hoops," and "bureaucratic nightmare," use the funny word "rigamarole," which helps you call attention to how a process is long, pointless, and ridiculous.

Often we use the phrase "the rigamarole of something:" the rigamarole of applying for a grant, the rigamarole of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the rigamarole of the club's induction ceremonies.

We can add an adjective: academic rigamarole, political rigamarole, gatekeeping rigamarole.

And often we just refer to "this rigamarole," "that rigamarole," "the office's rigamarole," etc.

In Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari contrasts the bygone tradition of marrying our neighbors with the present rigamarole of finding "the" "perfect" spouse.

"Don’t get me wrong — the proper sourcing of material is vital to research, but the rigamarole of punctuation and order is exasperating."

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