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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

flibbertigibbet

\FLIB-er-tee-jib-it\ , noun;
1.
Archaic. a gossip.
2.
a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
Quotes:
You're a bit of a flibbertigibbet, and apt to get bored with things.
-- Irene Rathbone, We That Were Young, 1932
She did a lot for nursery schools. She was friendly with a lot of serious people, and if she had been just a cantankerous flibbertigibbet, she wouldn't have had those friends.
-- Deirdre Carmody, "The Astors Battle a TV Image," New York Times, June 13, 1982
Origin:
Flibbertigibbet is of obscure origin, but is thought have been formed as an imitative representation of the sound of chatter or gossip. It entered English in the late 1400s.
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