Posted by R. Berg on January 20, 2002
In Reply to: Froofreraw, hullaballoo, kinnipshen posted by Marian on January 20, 2002
: : Sorry about the spelling in the subject line but I'm not sure if there is a correct spelling for any of this.
: : Fooferaw, hullaballoo and kinnipchen (with or without 'fit') seems to describe some upheaval or tumultuous todo. Are they simply non-sensical words that because widespread (Canada, anyway) because they sound unusual or is there some origin for any of them? I was mostly wondering about 'fooferaw' (frooferaw?)
: : Chris
: Conniption or conniption fit: a fit of rage, hysteria or alarm. Webster's Third New International Dictionary (copyright 1966)
All three are real words. Spellings and definitions from the American
FOOFARAW 1. Excessive or flashy ornamentation. 2. A to-do over a trifling matter. [Origin unknown.]
HULLABALOO A great noise or excitement; an uproar. [Earlier "hollo-ballo," akin to the interjection HALLOO.]
This dictionary says the origin of "conniption" is unknown.