I went looking for a word I’ve shared here before. A word I can say when my lips are pursed (it’s been one of those days), when I have that LOOK on my face; when my leg is being pulled or my arm twisted.


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 cow will not milk itself.”

Piffle is a ton-of-fun to say and is the reason TVs get turned off and politicians get tuned out.

I encourage you to know your piffle, to call out, Piffle! and share your piffle with me if you’d care to. Let me know what you find to be … piffle!

Leave a comment 6 Comments

  1. Faith perrino-DuBois says:

    Using shopping as entertainment is Piffle with a capital “P” in the World According to Faith. Thanks for the vocabulary expansion!

  2. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I need to go for a walk in the rain? Piffle! I’ll walk in the comfort of my warm home on my treadmill & get the same results.

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Having to have a perfectly clean house is just PIFFLE! I love this new addition to my vocabulary.

  4. CJ Armstrong says:

    My mom used to say “piffle” a lot but it was more out of frustration with something. And, because of that I have used it the same way. It’s been used in our family for decades.

  5. bobbie calgaro says:

    Most tv is piffle, trendy fashion is piffle, and today’s education system especially Common Core is piffle. What is not piffle is good common sense, organic farming, family togetherness, and individuality.

  6. Karlyne says:

    Not finishing my book because there are clothes to fold and dinner to remember? Piffle!!!

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