Veeblefetzer! No, this is not a fantasy land from a fairy tale or a battle cry in a foreign language. Veeblefetzer comes from the combination of the German words weben which means “to weave” and fetzen which means “to rip or shred.”
So what is a veeblefetzer? A veeblefetzer is a phrase used in place of a word for any obscure or complicated object or mechanism. These objects often are multi-step contraptions that accomplish a single goal. A great example of a veeblefetzer is the Milton Bradley game Mouse Trap.