The Word for the Day is…


I hope you would agree that we all need to keep learning.  Life gets pretty boring if you are not.  As an engineer, I have always found the arts “refreshing” to my geeky point of view.  There is beauty in literature and music that goes far beyond the first and second laws of thermodynamics … as beautiful as those are to me.

So, when I read the Wall Street Journal today, I noticed a word that seldom gets used, but seems especially appropriate for today … and pretty much every day:  Kerfuffle.

A kerfuffle is some kind of commotion, controversy, or fuss. If you read about a scandal in a newspaper, it could be described as a kerfuffle.

Kerfuffle is a humorous-sounding word for a mostly non-humorous situation: some kind of disturbance, scandal or mess. However, a kerfuffle usually isn’t 100% serious. People talking loudly in public could be making a kerfuffle. If a politician says something embarrassing by accident, it could cause a kerfuffle. Often, people use this word when they think people are making too big a deal of something, as in “What’s the kerfuffle all about?”

Seems like a wonderful word for the day, doesn’t it?


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