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Examples of folderol in a sentence
I wish we could just discuss these questions without having to go through all the folderol of a formal meeting.
wanted a dignified, simple wedding and not the folderol that the wedding planner was trying to foist on them
Did You Know?
Hogwash. Claptrap. Hooey. Drivel. Malarkey. English is rife with words that mean "nonsense," and "folderol" is one of the many. Though not the most common of the words for nonsense, it's been around since 1820 and is still heard today. "Folderol" comes from "fol-de-rol" (or "fal-de-ral"), which used to be a nonsense refrain in songs, much like "tra-la-la." The oldest recorded instance of someone "singing folderol" occurs in Irish dramatist George Farquhar's 1701 play Sir Harry Wildair, in which a character sings, "Fal, al, deral!"
Origin and Etymology of folderol
fol-de-rol, a nonsense refrain in songs
First Known Use: circa 1820
FOLDEROL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of folderol for English Language Learners
: foolish language, behavior, or ideas
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