Word of the Day Archive
Sunday August 8, 2010
1. A state of extreme nervousness or restlessness (usually expressed in the plural.)
2. A sudden outpouring of anger, outrage, or a similar intense emotion.
"Well, as your grandmother says, there's no use getting in a fantod about it," my mother said. "
-- Margaret Laurence, Isabel Huggan, A bird in the house
Such a fantod over what was, essentially, a pimple on Nanny's posterior.
-- Claire Browning, "Pot luck dinner: New Zealand's food mystery," Pundit, July 2010)
Fantod is of obscure origin, apparently a derivation from fantique which is in turn a possible alteration of fantigue, a combination of "fantasy" and "fatigue."