#WednesdayWord: It’s all about foolish talk

THIS week’s #WednesdayWord is a fun one you can use on your friends when they are talking gibberish.

Flapdoodle is a synonym for nonsense. The source or origin of the word in unknown but records show it being used in the 19th century.

This noun is a slang word usually used to describe foolish talk or balderdash.

According to Collins Dictionary 1920 was when flapdoodle saw its greatest use in common language.

The most popular text in which the word appears is the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

A paragraph from chapter 25 reads:

“Well, by and by the king he gets up and comes forward a little, and works himself up and slobbers out a speech, all full of tears and flapdoodle about its being a sore trial for him and his poor brother to lose the diseased, and to miss seeing diseased alive after the long journey of four thousand mile, but it’s a trial that’s sweetened and sanctified to us by this dear sympathy and these holy tears, and so he thanks them out of his heart and out of his brother’s heart, because out of their mouths they can’t, words being too weak and cold, and all that kind of rot and slush, till it was just sickening; and then he blubbers out a pious goody-goody Amen, and turns himself loose and goes to crying fit to bust.”

 

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