Thursday, March 19, 2015

Word of the Day: foofaraw

What's "the word I'm thinking of"? Today, it's...

foofaraw [FOO-ar-ah] (noun) [TWITO, page 56]

A great deal of attention paid to a trivial matter; much ado about nothing (various spellings)

"Beside, it goes against natur to leave bufler meat and feed on hog; and them white gals are too much like picturs, and a deal too 'foofaraw'...."
--George Frederick Augustus Ruxton, Life in the Far West (1851)

Here's my foofaraw: The cord to my headphones is driving me mad. It kinks, it curls, it tangles, and twirls. I tried suspending the headphones upside down from a hook, thinking that gravity would straighten out my situation. But no, or at least not for long. I like to listen to... things... on the train while commuting, but I'm somewhat embarrassed to pull the headphones out of my man purse and start unknotting the cord while some slack-jawed passenger stares at me from across the aisle. The untangling doesn't go well. I fasten the headphones on, and instead of a nice, smooth, draping line I have an unholy snarl beneath my chin.


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