Definition of taradiddle
1 : fib
2 : pretentious nonsense
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Examples of taradiddle in a Sentence
his tales of adventure are peppered with tongue-in-cheek taradiddles and obvious fabrications
regards literary deconstruction as so much tenure-track taradiddle
Recent Examples of taradiddle from the Web
Some are esoteric but still used—like taradiddle, which the list notes was recently used by J.K. Rowling but saw more play in the work of Gilbert and Sullivan, Honoré de Balzac and G.K. Chesterton.
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Did You Know?
The true origin of taradiddle is unknown, but that doesn't mean you won't encounter a lot of balderdash about its history. Some folks try to connect it to the verb diddle (meaning "to cheat"), but that hasn’t been proven and may turn out to be poppycock. You may hear some tommyrot about it coming from the Old English verb didrian, which meant "to deceive," but that couldn’t be true unless didrian was somehow suddenly revived after eight or nine centuries of disuse. No one even knows when taradiddle was first used. It must have been long before it showed up in a 1796 dictionary of colloquial speech (where it was defined as a synonym of fib), but if we claimed we knew who said it first, we’d be dishing out pure applesauce.
Origin and Etymology of taradiddle
First Known Use: circa 1796See Words from the same year
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