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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Nonsense; foolishness.
2. A trifle; gewgaw.
ETYMOLOGY:From a nonsense refrain in some old songs. The word is also spelled as falderal.
USAGE:"Canonisation is a slow business in the Catholic church: all that folderol about miracles and devil's advocates."
John Sutherland; What's Wrong With Teaching Rap in Schools?; The Guardian (London, UK); Jul 5, 2004.
See more usage examples of folderol in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:"Faith" is a fine invention / For gentlemen who see -- / But microscopes are prudent / In an emergency. -Emily Dickinson, poet (1830-1886)
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