Putting A ‘K’ Into Chaos, Conflict And Commotion

It’s a day well spent when you learn something new. My learning for today was the word “kerfuffle“. Such a pleasant word for denoting a commotion or fuss caused by conflicting views. It can be described as a humorous-sounding word for a non-humorous situation. As the comic strip below reveals, it serves to lighten up the mood when venturing into serious topics.

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Fuffle was first used in Scottish English, as early as the 16th century, as a verb meaning “to dishevel.” The addition of the prefix car- (possibly derived from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning “wrong” or “awkward”) didn’t change the meaning of the word considerably. In the 19th century carfuffle, with its variant curfuffle, became a noun, and in the 20th century it was embraced by a broader population of English speakers and standardized to kerfuffle. There is, however, some dispute among language historians over how the altered spelling came to be favored.

Here’s another passage I found that extols it’s cheerfulness:

“Maud burst into the room causing such a kerfuffle you’d have thought someone had been murdered. Turned out one of the cupcakes for the tea break had been pilfered. ‘Tut, some people’ I said, discreetly brushing cake crumbs from my lap.”

And here’s some plain old fun usage of the word:

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Kerfuffle is all around us. Who would have thought?!

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Pingback to the ragtag daily prompt:

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/rdp45-kerfuffle/

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