One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Nonsense.‘four hundred pages of mystical flapdoodle’
rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, guff, blather, bletherView synonyms
- ‘The latest piece of flapdoodle concerns Downing Street's plans to dock child benefit from the parents of tearaway children.’
- ‘They are not swallowing in toto the old flapdoodle in the way that the preachers want them to do.’
- ‘Commentary has pretty much adopted him as their science guy, and he has published a steady stream of flapdoodle in their pages over the last decade.’
- ‘It looks like typical, classic, psychic flapdoodle to me.’
- ‘For years, nitwits have been churning out flapdoodle like Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun and connect-the-dots management guides purporting to apply the wisdom of Machiavelli to the modern boardroom.’
2A foolish person.
- ‘When she heard what happened, she sighed, shook her curly-haired head and said of Learner, ‘What a flapdoodle!’’
Mid 19th century: an arbitrary formation.
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