Twaddle is speech or writing that is foolish, silly or untrue. Twaddle is an alteration of the English slang twattle, which is a blend of twiddle (to turn around idly) and tattle(to chatter or gossip secrets). Twaddle was first used around 1782 and twattle was first used around 1540.
Twaddle and twattle can be used interchangeably though twattle is the more obscure of the two. Twattle does have the word twat in it and while that’s a fatastic word on it’s own, I don’t fancy the connection of gossip to a woman’s sexual organs. I mean men are just as likely to gossip as women so no need for exclusivity to one gender – even if that wasn’t the original base of twattle. Bedsides, twaddle easily allows anyone to be an idle gossip with no per-conceived notions to it!
Twaddle is just such a light-hearted, fun word and I think everyone could use some of both of those things right now. While things may be heavy in the world, one of the best ways we can get through it is by laughing and finding reasons, no matter how small, to smile, take delight and indulge in.
Namaste ~ Ella
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