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Definition: foolish nonsense, an ornament with no great value, nonsense rhyme schemes

Pronunciation: FOL-de-rol


Dating back to 1701, we know that falderal is an alternate spelling for this great word, but this is really all we know.

Why this word?

Sometimes, being a linguist seems much like being a detective and this is one of those times. Where can we find the same stem? What words did same meaning receive in related languages? Where was it first used? So many questions! However, no matter how deeply I looked- no evidence seem to show themselves for this word.

The only thing we can really say about this word is that all meanings to it are- silly. Being simple nonsense, or a flashy golden watch made of plastic or a “nonny no” to rhyme with “ho ho”- folderols are just there.

And it sounds like a medicine. Folderol, Metoprolol, Atenolol. Alcohol. You get it.

How to use the word folderol in a sentence?

Well, all three cases are nouns, so simply use them is the right context.

“While I was cooking and cleaning for Thanksgiving dinner, the kids were deeply engaged in their folderol and had a lot of fun while at it!”

“Take a look at what she has hanging on her neck… I would have called it a necklace but it’s really nothing more than a folderol that doesn’t even look good”.

“The poem you wrote sounds really nice, but there’s no real content to it… All you have is a bunch of rhyming folderol”…


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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