Today’s word is ‘foofaraw.’
foofaraw \FOO-fuh-raw\, noun:
1. Excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.
2. A fuss over a matter of little importance
As one who likes any word that sounds like poo, I’m immediately enamored of foofaraw. Like hoopla or cattywampus or cockamamie, foofaraw is a word that brings an upward curving of the lips. I of course, prefer the second definition of the word as the first already has so many wonderful-sounding words to describe it; gaudy, ostentatious, tawdry, pretentious, rococo, garish, vulgar – you can take your pick.
To use foofaraw as its second definition however, is like using the old adage ‘a mountain over a molehill.’ We could apply it to the headlines about Michelle Obama’s excessive and unprecedented use of White House staff for example: What a foofaraw the press is making about 24 employees when former first lady, Jackie Kennedy had 40.
Or we could use it during a car accident: Please don’t make such a foofaraw about your car, sir. It’s merely a dented bumper.
And I dare say, we could even use it during a dispute at work. Since it sounds like poo I predict that it would diffuse almost any situation immediately: Sales go up, sales go down, we really shouldn’t make such a foofaraw and by the way, I’m sorry I fired you.
Foofaraw. Use it today.