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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
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.
The Herald glossed over Mugabe's minor potential ethical kerfuffles during the Cancun junket and other trips, the jailing and torturing of political dissidents, and rampant government corruption.
This most recent Nano recall is virtually identical to a 2008 kerfuffle, when Apple issued a recall for first generation Nanos in Japan for the exact same reasons.
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Did You Know?
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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