Word – Kerfuffle
Kerfuffle – Word of the Day
A disturbance or commotion typically caused by a dispute or conflict.
Fuffle was first used in Scottish English as far back as the 16th century. It was used as a verb meaning “to dishevel.” The addition of the prefix car- (possibly derived from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning “wrong” or “awkward”) didn’t change the meaning of the word much. In the 19th century, carfuffle, with its variant curfuffle, became a noun, and then in the 20th century it was embraced by a broader population of English speakers and standardized to kerfuffle.
- In the whole kerfuffle, no one noticed Harry slipping the antique jewellry box under his clothes and walking out.
- The plagiarism scandal caused a huge kerfuffle at the university.
- The prime minister’s incendiary remarks on the demolition of the heritage building caused a major kerfuffle in the media and the architecture community.
- Nobody could escape the public kerfuffle that ensued after the financial scandal.
- The president had to cancel all his engagements in wake of the kerfuffle that took place after the allegations of corruption were made against his government.
- There was a minor kerfuffle because of which the student was able to sneak out of school.