Trending: folderol

Lookups spiked 154,000% on May 22, 2019

Why are people looking up folderol?

Folderol made a rare appearance in our top lookups on May 22nd, 2019, after Jacob Rees-Mogg used the word, speaking in the House of Commons.

What does folderol mean?

We define folderol as either “a useless ornament or accessory” or “nonsense.”

Where does folderol come from?

Folderol comes from fol-de-rol (or fal-de-ral), nonsense syllables commonly used as a refrain in songs. Although the non-musical sense was thought to have originated in 1820, recent findings show it in use earlier in the 19th century.


If I should contract debts in the States after I become a Spanish subject I make myself liable in Augustine, but as it is now you may whistle what tune you please for your own amusement, but let me beg you not to trouble me with any more of your folderol–for I will not answer you—Yours, &c. Obadiah Potter
The Balance, and, State Journal (Hudson, NY), 8 Jan. 1805

It is all folderol; they know nothing of good living.
— George Bourne, The Spirit of the Public Journals, 1806

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