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flummadiddle or flumadiddle

PRONUNCIATION:
(FLUHM-uh-did-l)

MEANING:
noun: 1. Nonsense. 2. Something worthless.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin, apparently from flummery (a dessert; nonsense).

USAGE:
"Gilly talks to hear his head rattle. He passes the time with flummadiddles. I learned right away that he says things without giving any thought to them."
Dorothy Garlock; Larkspur; Warner Books; 1997.

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