arsy-varsy

arsy-varsy

[ahr-see-vahr-see] Informal.
adjective
1.
wrong end foremost; completely backward: an arsy-varsy way of doing things.
adverb
2.
in a backward or thoroughly mixed-up fashion: The papers are all filed arsy-varsy.
Also, arsyversy [ahr-see-vur-see] .


Origin:
1530–40; probably alteration of Latin vice versa (see vice versa), with arse substituted to make a facetious rhyming compound; for Latin versa > varsy, cf. argal3

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