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Korob

Korob, who doesn't know about "Trick-or-treat"

Mumbo jumbo was a Human expression that implied a meaningless primitive ritual, most often associated with black magic or witch doctors.

In 2267, Sylvia and Korob tapped into the Human subconscious and created an illusory world based mostly on Human nightmares and images of Halloween, thinking at the time that this was how Humans existed. Korob later could not understand why Human visitors to this environment acted as if it were so strange, failing himself to understand references to Halloween and the ritual of "Trick-or-treat."

A phrase Korob did pick up on, however, was "mumbo-jumbo," laughing in amusement to Captain James T. Kirk's reference to it and further proclaiming "I assure you it was not that" with regards to the illusion world around him. (TOS: "Catspaw")

Later that year, when Montgomery Scott was on trial for murder on Argelius II, Scott expressed dismay at the Argelian Empathic Contact ceremony, asking if "his neck was going to depend on some spooky mumbo-jumbo." (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold")

In 2375, The Doctor described Tuvok's performing a mind meld on Seven of Nine as "Vulcan mumbo-jumbo". (VOY: "Infinite Regress")



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