Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday October 23, 2013
1. mere nonsense; foolish talk or ideas.
2. a trifle; gimcrack; gew-gaw.
“All this political falderal is making me crazy, Pete. I hear cuckoo statements being made by cuckoo politicians..."
-- Irwin Wolfe, Goodbye Beaver Lake, 2001
Jimmy Pendleton told himself that it was not true at all; that it was all falderal, what Sadie Dean had said.
-- Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna Grows Up, 1915
The word falderal imitates the sound of nonsense lyrics in songs. It came to English at the turn of the 18th century.