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 for garbled
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Garble \Gar"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Garbled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Garbling.] [Formerly, to pick out, sort, OF. grabeler, for
     garbeler to examine precisely, garble spices, fr. LL.
     garbellare to sift; cf. Sp. garbillar to sift, garbillo a
     coarse sieve, L. cribellum, dim. of cribrum sieve, akin to
     cernere to separate, sift (cf. E. Discern); or perh. rather
     from Ar. gharb[=a]l, gharbil, sieve.]
     1. To sift or bolt, to separate the fine or valuable parts of
        from the coarse and useless parts, or from dros or dirt;
        as, to garble spices. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To pick out such parts of as may serve a purpose; to
        mutilate; to pervert; as, to garble a quotation; to garble
        an account.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: lacking orderly continuity; "a confused set of
             instructions"; "a confused dream about the end of the
             world"; "disconnected fragments of a story"; "scattered
             thoughts" [syn: confused, disconnected, disjointed,
             disordered, garbled, illogical, scattered,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  123 Moby Thesaurus words for "garbled":
     affected, aimless, apocryphal, artificial, assumed, bastard,
     beyond one, biased, bogus, brummagem, butchered, castrated,
     catachrestic, colorable, colored, complex, complicated, cooked,
     counterfeit, counterfeited, crabbed, cramp, cut short, designless,
     difficult, distorted, docked, doctored, dressed up, dummy,
     eisegetical, embellished, embroidered, empty, ersatz, factitious,
     fake, faked, falsified, feigned, fictitious, fictive, hard,
     hard to understand, hashed, illegitimate, imitation, importless,
     inane, inauthentic, insignificant, intricate, jumbled, junky,
     knotty, lopped, make-believe, man-made, mangled, meaningless,
     misapprehended, miscited, misconceived, misconstrued,
     misinterpreted, misquoted, misread, misreported, misrepresented,
     misstated, mistaken, misunderstood, mock, mutilated,
     nonconnotative, nondenotative, null, obfuscated, obscure, obscured,
     overtechnical, perplexed, perverted, phatic, phony, pinchbeck,
     pretended, pseudo, purportless, purposeless, put-on, quasi, queer,
     scrambled, self-styled, senseless, sham, shoddy, simulated,
     slanted, so-called, soi-disant, spurious, strained, supposititious,
     synthetic, tin, tinsel, titivated, tortured, tough, truncated,
     twisted, unauthentic, unauthoritative, unfounded, ungenuine,
     unmeaning, unnatural, unreal, unreliable, unsignificant, warped

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