Falderal vintage soviet circus illustration by L Modina
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Word Nerd: Falderal

Falderal is a charming, utterly delightful nonsensical word that has been around since at least the 1600s. Falderal is also known as falderol or folderol since, naturally,  a nonsensical, gibberish sort of word would have multiple spellings! Blithely saying "oh, falderal and fiddle-dee-dee" (a nod to Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella) while going about my day… Continue reading Word Nerd: Falderal

billet-doux word nerd via lawhimsy
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Word Nerd: Billet-doux

Billet-doux (pronounced bilāˈdo͞o) is a French term that does literally mean a sweet (doux) note (billet). Letters, especially handwritten ones are such a treasure and a billet-doux is especially touching since it usually holds a certain amount of vulnerability and ardor in it's contents. In this day and age of technology and limited character text-speak,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Billet-doux