I went looking for a word I could use that could easily be an ENTIRE sentence. A word I could say when my lips are pursed, when I had that LOOK on my face; when my leg was being pulled or my arm twisted. Piffle.
For those of you who think this is just nonsense, you couldn’t be more right. Piffle as a noun is trivial nonsense. As a verb it means to talk or act in a trivial, inept, or ineffective way. Piffled and piffling are acceptable variations.
Piffle is not only a word to know and to write, it’s also good to SAY. Put your nose slightly in the air and say it with me. Piffle.
“The chickens are hungry? Piffle! They’ve been scratching in the wheat field all morning.”
When speaking to recalcitrant teenagers one could say, “Stop piffling; the cherries will not pick themselves.”
Piffle is a ton-of-fun to say and is the reason TVs get turned off and politicians get tuned out.
I urge you to know your piffle, to call out piffle, and finally please, share your piffle. Let me know what you find to be piffle.