goofy words

The English language has many “goofy” words. They’re fun because they are goofy and also fun to say. Here are a few that don’t appear to have much or any history and for which I could find no sources.

Caterwauling — a shrill howling or wailing noise like that of a cat

Fiddle-de-dee — exclamation of impatience, disbelief, or disagreement (1775-85)

Fiddle-faddle — trivial matters, nonsense, candy-coated popcorn (1570s)

Flummoxed — bewildered or perplexed (1837)

Fooforaw — excessive or flashy ornamentation; a to-do over a trifle

Kerflooey — ceased functioning, fell apart, failed

Kerplop — sound of something falling, especially into water

Picklepuss — someone habitually sullen or gloomy

Piffle — nonsense, an alteration of “trifle” (1890)

Skew-whiff — not straight, askew, lopsided

Wishy-washy — feeble, poor quality, vacillating, lacking in character, (1690s)

This is just the beginning! I love goofy words and there are many more to come.


  One thought on “goofy words

  1. Leanne Taylor
    March 1, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    What’s in a word (or phrase)? Here, entertainment. Thank you, thank you!


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