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August 20, 2020

This blog is a bit of light relief for everyone as we have all been going through a bit of a tough time over the past few months.

 

As you can see from the title, this blog is about funny words or phrases and their real meanings (which are sometimes not so funny).

 

Collywobbles     - This word alludes to a strange feeling that you may have in your stomach.  This can be caused by anxiety or uneasiness.  The word originated in old English.  This word first appeared as early as 1823.

 

Gubbins             - This word means miscellaneous items or paraphernalia.  The word originated in France in the 16th century.

 

Flibbertigibbet  - This word means a frivolous, flighty or excessively talkative person.  The word originated in old England and is used these days mostly in Yorkshire. This word started to appear in the 15th century.

 

Malarkey            - This word means meaningless talk or nonsense.  It was first used in the 1920's and has unknown origin.

 

Comeuppance   - This word means that a person will get the punishment or fate that they deserve.  This word was first used in 1859.

 

Nincompoop      - This word refers to a person who is silly, foolish or stupid.  It is a word that was used mostly in the 1950's and 1960's

 

Codswallop         - This word means words or ideas that are foolish or untrue.  The first time this word was recorded, was in 1959

 

Twee                    - This word denotes a person who is extremely quaint, pretty or sentimental.  The word was first used in 1905.

 

Boffin                   - This word implies that a person is extremely clever especially when it comes to scientific or technical research.  The word was first used 1942.

 

Jiggery-pokery    - This word or phrase means deceitful or dishonest behaviour.  The word or phrase dates back to the late 1800's.

 

These are words and phrases that I have used.  What funny words and phrases do you use?

 

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