Posted by R. Berg on March 05, 2008 at 18:50:
In Reply to: Ku blah rah? posted by Smokey Stover on March 05, 2008 at 15:52:
: : : Coupblarah or kubla rah or other similar-sounding term. I'm editing a transcript and can't figure out how to spell what the speaker is saying, but it sounds like 'ku blah rah' and he intends it to mean a complex process.
: : I have no guesses. Sorry. It sounded kind of like Kabbalah. But that word wouldn't fit the context.
: You have to go by sound, but without knowing the exact context it's hard to imagine what the speaker is saying. It sounds a bit like the Japanese for "Good evening," repeated by someone who didn't hear it clearly. Or perhaps cumbayah, a well-worn expression of unclear meaning. In spite of beginning like Kubla Khan, it's hard to see how that could be appropriate.
"Cumbayah" originated as a dialectal pronunciation of "Come by here." ~rb