Word Of the Day: Foofaraw

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.


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