Word of the Day: foofaraw
origin: probably from the Spanish "fanfarr┐n", meaning "boaster"
from the French "frou-frou", meaning "rustling"
(both are of imitative origin)
1. Excessive frills or flashy ornamentation.
"The self-produced Freedom of Choice is the band's most evocative
pairing of words and music. Setting aside metaphysical foofaraw,
the flowerpot-wearing fivesome contrast choppy keyboard
licks and ironic but unalienated perceptions. Their tolerance was
rewarded with a subversive hit single from the LP, 'Whip It.' "
--Trouser Press review of the 1980 album by the musical group Devo.
2. A fuss over a trifling matter.
"This foofaraw over a gay woman is merely indicative of how
conflicted and deeply repressed US culture remains after more
than two centuries. Any culture that sanctifies gun ownership,
routinely exploits murder and mayhem, worships the money and
affluence gained in part by the brutal exploitation of the labour
forces of developing countries and then gets its knickers in a
knot over women making love to women or men making love to men,
is deeply sick and in need of therapy."
A relatively new addition to the English language, the first
published usage of "foofaraw" appeared in 1934.
Publish Date: 01/20/2011