Origin and Etymology of kerfuffle:
alteration of carfuffle, from Scots car- (probably from Scottish Gaelic cearr wrong, awkward) + fuffle to become disheveled
First Known Use: 1946
I’m taking a slightly different spin on today’s Wednesday Word and will just write about the things that cause me to raise a kerfuffle (fuss). Boy, don’t you just love odd words like that?
I raise a kerfuffle over the fact that Mr. Judy seems incapable of properly closing containers. Sorry, honey, it’s true.
I raise a kerfuffle over races that run out of water or cups for water. Should never happen.
I raise a kerfuffle over people who use retractable leashes on their dogs and just pay no attention and let them wander around so they’re tripping runners or doing their business on someone’s rosebushes.
I raise a kerfuffle over the people who leave filled poop bags on the street. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, sometimes they actually come back for them (but why? why can’t you just bring it with you on your walk?), but more often than not I see the bags in the same place days later. No excuse for that.
I raise a kerfuffle over the people who can’t even be bothered to pick up after their dogs.
I raise a kerfuffle over the fact that most drivers think they’re just entitled to go wherever they feel like, whether that’s almost plowing into your car or deciding to cross five lanes of traffic because they suddenly realized they needed to be in the right lane, not the left.
I raise a kerfuffle over the drivers who can’t seem to actually get into a turn lane, causing you to have to either stop or swerve into the next lane.
I raise a kerfuffle over people who vulterize parking lots: you know them, the ones that drive around and around until a spot close to wherever they want to go opens up.
I raise a kerfuffle over the furkids not listening to me (like just now, when Bandit got into an area of the yard we don’t want him going into, and apparently turned deaf, although after I got mad at him he actually came when called).
I raise a kerfuffle over people who don’t return your wave, smile, or greeting on a walk or run.
I raise a kerfuffle over people talking on their cell phones everywhere. You know I’ve ranted about this before!
I raise a kerfuffle over walkers completely blocking paths and not getting out of your way when you come running up behind them.
Hey, you know what this weekend is? It’s time for runfessions and yes, I’ll be raising a few kerfuffles.
Tell me in the comments:
What do you raise a kerfuffle over?
Do you love strange sounding words like kerfuffle?
What do you let roll off your back and not raise a kerfuffle over?