simon at IPFW.EDU
Fri Jan 11 18:27:49 UTC 2002
See also in Vol II of DARE.
>>> gcohen at UMR.EDU 01/11/02 13:25 PM >>>
>I got this from another list, and somebody mentioned "kerfuffle",
>apparently, a sort of strong academic argument of little significance
>outside that discipline. I've seen "kerfuffle" used for this kind of
>argument for about 10 years or so. Where did it originate? Is it a
I've treated "kerfuffle" in an article: "Origin Of _Ker-_ in
_Kerflop_, Kerplunk, Etc_.", in _Studies in Slang, Part I_, by Gerald
Leonard Cohen (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang), 1985, pp. 1-28. See
The word is not simply "made up"; it is attested already (as
"carfuffle") in Joseph Wright's _The English Dialect Dictionary_,
vol. 1, 1898.
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