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Examples of kerfuffle in a Sentence
predictably, the royal scandal caused quite a kerfuffle on Fleet Street
Recent Examples of kerfuffle from the Web
The legal kerfuffle concerns the disposition of an important cultural item that NASA and others don’t believe should be in private hands.
The asterisk to all this brilliant news, however, is that passengers traveling on domestic flights will find one kerfuffle to their clever plans: liquid limits.
The latest diplomatic kerfuffle has some of the station’s reporters worried that that is what is going to happen.
The summer concert series, now in its 33rd year, is going strong, despite a brief kerfuffle earlier this year.
There was no mention of last month's diplomatic kerfuffle which erupted after video went viral of Trump apparently pushing Markovic aside and barging to the front of the pack for a group photo.
For all those spellers out there — curfuffle is a variation of kerfuffle, according to Merriam-Webster — and both spellings are correct.
May 31, 2017 The Lawrence Police Department’s Twitter account even joined the covfefe kerfuffle.
Just before the Games, Green had an embarrassing incident involving his Snapchat account and was involved in a kerfuffle at a bar in Michigan.
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The Evolution of kerfuffle
Fuffle was first used in Scottish English, as early as the 16th century, as a verb meaning "to dishevel." The addition of the prefix car- (possibly derived from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning "wrong" or "awkward") didn't change the meaning of the word considerably. In the 19th century carfuffle, with its variant curfuffle, became a noun, and in the 20th century it was embraced by a broader population of English speakers and standardized to kerfuffle. There is some dispute among language historians over how the altered spelling came to be favored. One theory holds that it might have been influenced by imitative words like kerplunk, where the syllable ker- is simply added for emphasis.
Origin and Etymology of kerfuffle
alteration of carfuffle, from Scots car- (probably from Scottish Gaelic cearr wrong, awkward) + fuffle to become disheveled
First Known Use: 1908See Words from the same year
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