REVEALING, PERHAPS, THE SWEETEST ONOMATOPOEIA IN RECORDED HISTORY
n. — disorder, flurry, agitation
fm. the much older Scots verb fuffle, to throw into agitation, onomatopoeic to the situation: Cry, Fuffle! The cur- sound may be from the Gaelic car, to twist or bend.
first published. with this spelling, 1946
inspiration. a colleague, who so enjoyed verklempt he made an unprompted, similarly silly-sounding suggestion