Word Challenge: F

Please play along with your choices. Any real word, except abbreviations, and in any language, with a translation. American spellings are allowed too.

This word doesn’t get so much use in conversation these days, though we do see and hear Fallacy instead. A statement based on false information, or a false belief in a fact. With fake news all the rage at the moment, it should be being used a lot more than it is.

A very old word that was still popular in Victorian novels. A very talkative, flighty person, usually annoying. Let’s try to revive this one, it’s great! (Pronounce it Flippityjibbit, if you prefer)

This is a personal favourite for regular use. I still say it all the time, as I am frequently flabbergasted by events.

84 thoughts on “Word Challenge: F

  1. I recently saw the word “flibbertigibbet,” so it’s interesting that you mention it here. I like FJORD, FLOOZY (she likes me, too!), and FLÈCHE, which is French for “arrow.” If you mix French with English, and don’t mind painfully silly wordplay, you can talk about “flèche in bone.”

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  2. Oh I love flabbergasted and flibbertijibbet – that sounds wonderful! But I don`t know what flibbertijibbet means. Please give me a small explanation.

    I add:
    Feuerzangenbowle (fire tongs punch) I don`t know if it`s the right translation. You have a vessel with red wine The wine is heated and over the vessel is sugar. The sugar is overloaded with rum and lit. The rum-saturated sugar drips into the red wine and is refined with spices. Hm … delicious in wintertimes!

    Feuerwehr (fire Department) what would we be without firemen?

    Freiheit (freedom) a great thing!

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    1. A Flibbertigibbet is usually a lady who talks too much, and gossips a lot. She does not make a lot of sense, and is considered by others to be unreliable, and erratic in nature. A rambler in conversation. I hope that clarifies it, Irene. 🙂


  3. F is another letter that doesn’t feature in Afrikaans. Eff sounds are covered by the letter V and Vee sounds by the letter W and there is no W sound equivalent. That means you get an English word and I am picking fastidious.

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    1. Good choices, Julie. Facsimile is a hard word when you are young, but once you learn how to pronounce it, it is a nice alternative to Copy. Whenever I see Fogey, I always think of Richard Ingrams.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  4. Good Morning Pete

    For F my favorite F economic term is embedded in the acronym TANSTAAFL (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch), FREE LUNCH. Everything has a cost. If you think you are getting a free lunch, you are Fallacious. Another is FREE RIDER or one who gets the benefits (in so instances costs) of a good or service without paying for the good or service. And to think a flibbertigibbet can’t even talk you into paying. And finally, for F, FUNGIBLE. When things can not be distinguished one from the other in a meaning full sense. A tuppence is fungible, one is as good as another (unless one is into collecting dates or errors in minting). Indeed, if some one dithered over which tuppence to use to pay you, you would be Flabbergasted
    Warmest regards, Theo

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  5. Flibbertigibbet. BRAVO.

    Here are three:

    “fortuitous” – happening by lucky chance – I like the sound of this one
    “fractious” – irritable and quarrelsome – me on some days
    “fulsome” – nauseatingly affectionate, admiring or praiseful – I should be so lucky!

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  6. I adore flibbertigibbet! I’m tickled that Teagan didn’t know it because it’s such a Teagan-like word! Fractious is a favourite as is frabjous if you’ll accept Carroll. I cannot leave without giving a nod to filibustering. I don’t believe I’ve ever had occasion to use it but it does roll around the tongue rather delightfully. x

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  7. I like your F-words very much, dear Pete! 🙂
    My words for today are:
    Footloose – I love to be! 🙂
    Freedom – we should never stop working for it.
    Firewall – a very necessary safeguarding when one is surfing in the WorldWideWeb. 😉

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  8. Well, I’m always learning new words! “Flibbertigibbet’ was used to describe Maria in the song, ‘How do you solve a problem like Maria?’ in ‘The Sound of Music’,. (I never thought about it being a real word even though I heard it sung many times.) Anyway, my words today are ‘Fastidious’ (excessive attention to detail, a trait I fear I possess which probably comes from my accounting background). On the lighter side ‘Furry’ and ‘Feline’ are nice words in honor of my two cats!

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      1. Funny, I probably heard that song 100 times (saw the movie too many times to count, and also had the album as a kid) but never really knew what the word meant, other than not good:
        ‘How do you solve a problem like Maria?
        How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
        How do you find the word that means Maria?
        A flibbertijibbet! A will-o’-the wisp! A clown!’

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  9. The funicular in Quebec City saves you having to walk up the steep hill from the lower and upper city when you are loaded with packages. Fulminate is coming in handy lately as I rant about building a huge city with no zoning regulations at sea level when the climate is changing.(whew!)(I do have compassion for the people). And frumious from Carroll. Just a wonderful word. Especially when I am fulminating.

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  10. “F” is a First-class Font/Fount of Fabulousness!
    Although I don’t think I’ve ever used the word “fabulous” in my life, and at least in the U.S., it’s usually sarcastic. I know there’s a British sitcom called “Absolutely Fabulous” which I’ve never seen, some of my mother’s friends were hooked on it.
    I love trains, and especially furniculars, and will detour quite a distance to ride on one. Way more fun to say than “cog railroad”. And I like the soundtrack for them “Funiculì, Funiculà” a great shower song.
    Your choices are excellent, Pete, flabbergasted and falacious are perfect for the past year in the U.S., as well as other “F” words too familiar to mention.
    “Flibbertigibbet” also reminds me of one more: flivver. (’30’s slang for a cheap car).

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    1. Thanks, Robert. Great choice with Funicular. I always ride on them, when I can.
      ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ was TV comedy gold, at least in Britain. They caught the mood of the time so well, with the children being more responsible than the adults. Worth watching, with a superb cast. These clips don’t do it justice, but give the flavour. Yes, flavour has a U in it! 🙂

      Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. I like all your F words Pete! Sue got in with Faff before me, but I shall add
    Flummox: bewildered, as I am constantly flummoxed by events in the world today and a good Yorkshire word.
    Fajita: because I love them even though I always end up with sauce running down my arms! Apparently the word originally belonged to the cut of meat used.
    Foxy: like a fox, but also used to describe a woman. I quite fancied being a ‘foxy lady’

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  12. Hi Pete. I’ve never heard “Flibbertigibbet” but if I can manage to pronounce it, that’s my new favorite word! 😀 My gast is often flabbered, so flabbergasted is a great old standby.
    I’ll contribute “factualism” (since a certain someone on this side of the pond is in dire need of practicing it…) “emphasis on, devotion to, or extensive reliance upon facts”

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  13. Well, I have to confess to using Flabbergasted! I also am the mistress of the Faff….I spent a lot of time this morning faffing around (spending time in ineffectual activity, for those not in the know). Fret is another word, I can spend too much time fretting about things that may never happen…..

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    1. Faffing about or around is a great expression. Julie holds a Masters Degree in the Art of The Faff. She would rather faff about doing anything, than get ready to go out. She likes to fret a lot too.
      Dare I suggest they are feminine traits? No. OK, I won’t suggest that then. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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