KERFUFFLE [kur-FUFF-el] : a situation which has been disrupted, is in disarray

Here’s another of those words that is just fun to say. Kerfuffle.  Almost makes you smile just to say it. It’s an old word, 17th century, from a Scottish/Gaelic origin.  It means to be in disarray. To be messed up.  To come close to chaos, but it doesn’t carry the negative connotation that chaos does.    It’s […]

MOOT: of no practical importance

When I was in graduate school at Yale I was asked to be a part of a jury for a trial at the Yale Law School.  It was their annual moot court session, in which graduating (hopefully) scholars were tested on their courtroom skills.  It was a fascinating experience in which soon-to-be attorneys prepared a […]