balderdash, malarkey, folderol and other miscellus . . .


Donna is looking for funny words today

My brain was tired so I googled “funniest word” and came upon this site –

The 100 Funniest Words in English

These words are used commonly in PEI and the Maritimes but more often with the older generation than the younger.

Words like:
bamboozle – To cheat or deceive.
donnybrook – An melee, a riot. (or a fight in a hockey game…)
filibuster- Refusal to give up the floor in a debate to prevent a vote. (a common practise in Canadian parliament)
flibbertigibbet Nonsense, (we would use this to describe a person who is foolish or flighty)
flummox To exasperate – (unable to solve a problem – “This math problem has me flummoxed!”)
gobbledygook Nonsense, balderdash (more commonly used to describe words that can’t be understood – “Those politicians are full of gobbledygook!”
hornswoggle To cheat or deceive (usually to do with money or trading)
hullabaloo An uproar or scandal
kerfuffle Nonsense, balderdash – (we would use this word to describe a fuss over nothing – Buying the choir gowns caused quite a kerfuffle… ((sorry – I’m a pastor’s wife))
lollygag To move slowly, fall behind – My mother would say to me “Stop lollygagging about” whenever I was wasting time.
malarkey Nonsense, balderdash – If someone was trying to pull one over on me, I’d say “Get out here – you’re full of malarkey!”
mollycoddle To treat too leniently.
namby-pamby Weak, with no backbone – (Quite an insult)
shenanigan Prank. (in a fun way – the kids were full of shenanigans at the party)
whippersnapper An upstart, a smart guy – (usually an older person will refer to a younger person with this term)

Our family has even invented a new word – flustrated.

It describes how you feel when you are both frustrated and flustered.

Very useful….

How about you? What’s the funniest word you’ve heard? Has your family invented a new word?

And since Donna got this whole thing started, I’ll end with one of her phrases,

“See you in the comments!”


8 thoughts on “balderdash, malarkey, folderol and other miscellus . . .

  1. I’ve used quite a lot of these words, and I hear them quite often from others, too.Brian and I practically speak a different language when we’re talking to each other–we say all kinds of silly words, but we both know what they mean. One of them is "hoferended" which means to be down in the dumps and offended. We usually refer to our dog in this way.My mom uses the word "nuna-fritz" to describe a nosy person. I think it’s Pennsylvania Dutch. (eg. Stop being such a nuna-fritz!)XO


  2. This was a fun post, Kathie. My grandmother invented words or gave words new meanings. Many of her words were combinations of Norwegian, German, and American or may have been made from a child’s word. I asked her long ago if she’d please, please make a family dictionary to pass on. She did, but I can’t find mine. These are from memory.Burnt Owl — food that is burnt. "We’re having burnt owl for dinner tonight."Weasels — money in the pocket. "Don’t spend all your weasels on candy."Panciputt — the sofa. "Don’t sit on the panciputt with your wet pants."Dollybumps — an attractive girl/woman. "Wow, she’s quite the dollybumps!"Yesterday I made up a word. Thimbleanna (blogger) was having troubles with her blog and was complaining about it. I told her, "I hope your *bloubles* are over (blog-troubles).Jody


  3. I love learning new words so I really enjoyed this post! The funniest word I’ve ever heard is "schadenfreude" which means "enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others," which sounds pretty mean doesn’t it? I saw it used in an article in the New York Times and had to look it up.I’m glad you enjoyed my Ireland posts — it is a very beautiful and friendly country to visit.Hugs, Pat


  4. I was quite happy to see that I do use some of those words regularly. I don’t know that I’ve invented words but I do notice that when I use words willy nilly the spell check is always quite uppity about "nilly". . .I care not.Fun post.


  5. I’ve used mayhap for years. Thought it was my own words (instead of maybe or perhaps) something mayhap. Then I corresponded for a while with an english teacher who was fascinated by my use of the word and then did some research and discovered it was an actual word made for just how I used it.


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