Today, I unconsciously used the word 'pseudo making sense'. But what I had really been looking for, was a word that combines 'rant' and 'musing'. In this particular case, I was saying something that was probably scientifically baseless or a half-truth for the purpose of humor and reflection.

I feel this is already something done a lot and I'm wondering if there's any such word that fits the particular case of creating humor and 'food for thought' with a short writing.

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One term that might suit your description is soliloquy, which Merriam-Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2003) defines as

1 : the act of talking to oneself 2 : a dramatic monologue that represents a series of unspoken reflections

A soliloquy can be spoken or unspoken and can be reflective or polemical. A silent version of a soliloquy is sometimes referred to as an internal monologue.

  • The second definition would have been suitable but definitely not referring to the case of speaking to oneself. The reflection is presented for the purpose of the listener(s) and in a way that it can be remembered using humor or maybe some other tool. Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 19:27
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    Then maybe the phrase "a didactic farrago"? Here, didactic can mean "1 a : designed or intended to teach b : intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment 2 : making moral observations" and farrago simply means "a confused mixture : HODGEPODGE" (All definitions from Merriam-Webster).
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    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 19:48
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    Haha nice, I think that fits. Funny enough Google definition gives an example use of farrago as "a farrago of fact and myth about Abraham Lincoln". This is another related use case and I may be easily and more specifically translated as say, a 'didactic farrago on Abraham Lincoln's life as a republican.' no? Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 21:26

Were you not being facetious?

Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor

In this sense a facetious remark is sarcastic humor that often suggests a simple, if unthinkable, solution to a complex problem:

  • "Well, we can just disregard that result. It's clearly impossible."
  • "Maybe we can just send them a suitcase of cash"

A favorite of mine from a university electrical engineering class:

  • "I see your problem. The ground wire isn't black."

O think what you may be looking for is Pontificate. Those who pontificate are often spouting platidues or are bloviating windbags.


Thinking out-loud’.

It means ‘sharing thoughts which are as yet unformed into an argument, theory, or completed idea or artwork’.


‘What on earth do you mean, we should paint the living room purple, with pink hearts, green polka dots and orange stripes?’

‘Oh - I was just thinking out loud!’


You could also call it ‘a cogitation’ - a ‘piece of thought’.

More creative ideas:

As a description for your humourous, yet unformed piece of writing... you could call it ‘a smorgasbord of delicious ideas’ or a ‘patchwork’, or maybe a ‘treasury of half-baked concepts’ or a ‘treasure chest of earthly delights’. A jumble. A rainbow pudding. A confection of...

as it’s ‘food for thought’ then maybe ‘food’ could feature.

Soul food. Creative nourishment. Inspirational snacks. The artful gourmet.

Maybe that will spark something.

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