For your weekly dose of literary illumination, I offer you:

Flapdoodle, which refers to anything one might consider nonsense, drivel, gibberish, or gobbledygook.

As in: “Did you read MaryJane’s latest post? Apparently, some snooty scientists are claiming that sarcasm is an indicator of creativity. Do you believe it? Pure flapdoodle!”

A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear, 1875 via Wikimedia Commons

Not to be confused with either of these:

  • Jiggery-pokery, which means trickery, hocus-pocus, fraud, or humbug
  • Bafflegab, meaning generally unintelligible jargon

But pretty much interchangeable with either of these:

  • Flumadiddle
  • Bosh

Utter at will!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I love the graphics of these old books! It seems there was an era when people were more interested in words,especially unusual and infrequently used words. Now, you don’t here much about discovering and using them anymore. And with everyone depending on spellcheck, it is not likely that the younger generation will see much use for knowing something that spellcheck most likely does not have available!

  2. Oh Edward Lear’s” Book of Nonsense” , one of my absolutely favorite books! I received a copy for my 8th birthday. Full of fun with words to say the least. He was a genius with rhymes and especially limericks. ” The Owl and the Pussycat” is my favorite poem from my childhood.I put it to music and sang it all the time. All those words above are so British, they have it all over us with goofiness in the English language.

  3. Connie-Killarney says:

    HA!!! Fun words! love it!! I will have to teach those to Lily June when she is old enough!!

    My Great Granny, Nora (who was also a Farmer’s wife) use say” Gum Foolery” for telling Nonsense!

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