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Kerfuffle

Kerfuffle

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

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