The obscure word of the week is fuddle

This week’s obscure English word is fuddle. It means to take part in a bout of drinking, or to become drunk. It can also mean to be simply confused. The related word ‘befuddle’ means to become confused.

Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2021

2 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is fuddle

  1. In Canada this word was famously used by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the 1970s (he was PM for that whole decade except for a brief interlude in 1979-80), Papa to our present PM, during a Parliamentary Question Period. He was being raked over the coals for some policy or other and mumbled “Oh f— off!” just audibly enough to be heard by members beside and just opposite. Outrage erupted about “unparliamentary language” and the Speaker sanctioning him. When asked to clarify what he had said, he claimed he had not used the “F-word” but had said, “Oh Fuddle-Duddle!”


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