It’s in the dictionary. I’m not kidding. Look it up. Although I have never in my life heard this word before or would ever believe it is not completely made up by a 5-year-old, flapdoodle is an actual English word in the Random House College Dictionary, and I’m talking about the revised edition (of course it was revised 20 years ago when I was in college but still, flapdoodle is most definitely a word).
Flapdoodle – (pronounced exactly as you would think it was pronounced) n. Informal Nonsense.
Good thing they let us know it was informal. You wouldn’t want to be at your interview with the Harvard Business School and use flapdoodle because you thought it would impress the dean.
This word, though, perplexes me. I don’t understand how even if you were in a situation where the use of the word flapdoodle was justified, you wouldn’t just say “nonsense” instead? I’m not trying to tell you what words you can or can’t use because that’s not how I roll (I’m here to educate), but if I were you I’d go with “nonsense.” I could think of about a thousand words (okay, eight) that are better than flapdoodle like bologna, malarky, bull, BS, full of beans, horse shit, crapola. Even poppycock is better than flapdoodle, if you want my opinion. In fact, I can’t think of one instance in which the use of the word flapdoodle would be cool.
Now, my new phrase from yesterday, “pop some tags,” is cool, but you wouldn’t want to say, “My adolescent daughter wants to go pop some tags at Clair’s, but I don’t really want to buy any of that flapdoodle.” You would totally ruin your street cred.
I could see the word as the name of some kind of hat (like the ones picture in this post. It would be perfect for those. I want naming rights.) or snack food primarily because it has the suffix, doodle. Anything with doodle in it is the perfect name for a salty, cheesy, ultra-processed, chemically enhanced, unidentifiable food substance. But other than that I can’t envision ever using the word flapdoodle.
If you have to, use it at home. I’m sure the kids will get a kick out of it. You can say, “I’m sick and tired of listening to your flapdoodle. Now shut the hell up.” Just kidding. I would never advocate the use of profanities in front of children (unless they really deserve it). But, please, for the love of God don’t use it in public.
What other interesting uses can you come up with for flapdoodle? I wanna hear them.
*Disclaimer: I have no attribution for these photos because I don’t know where I got them off the internet, but if you get something off the internet I think it’s free. Anyway, these people are trying to sell this stuff so if you ask me I just provided them with some free advertisement.
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