A DARK-ROAST DICTIONARY—120417

KERFUFFLE / kər-ˈfə-fəl / n. A disturbance or commotion typically caused by a dispute or conflict

Origin and Etymology: An alteration of carfuffle, from Scots car– (probably from Scottish Gaelic cearr wrong, awkward) + fuffle to become disheveled. Merriam-Webster, s.v. “kerfuffle,” accessed December 4, 2017, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kerfuffle

Sentences elevate minds when words are chosen with care. A thoughtful combination of words can wake up the brain space by revealing new perspectives in clever ways, thus challenging readers to investigate further through the lens of their own life travels.

In that spirit, I want to regularly share the definitions of words I think exemplify dark-roasted language, i.e. the bold, rich, and flavorful ingredients necessary for engaging prose. My hope, dear readers, is that you find these words most agreeable and will pocket one or more of these gems to help infuse your personal or professional writing with an extra dose of caffeinated thinking!

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