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Posted by ESC on February 15, 2003

In Reply to: Flapdoodle posted by Fred Johnson on February 15, 2003

: Recently Stuart Taylor used "flapdoodle" to describe the views of William Saffire, who objects to
: the Total Information Awareness Project. Any ideas about the origin of "flapdoodle"?

Hey, William Safire is one of my idols. What is the "Total Information Awareness Project" anyway?

FLAPDOODLE - 1. an imaginary food of fools, nonsense. 2. mischief From the "Dictionary of American Regional English," Volume 2 by Frederic G. Cassidy (1985, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, England).