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What the hell is a flibbertijibbet?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by EStreetJoe, May 2, 2008.

  1. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    What is a flibbertijibbet? And who cares what Liz Taylor thinks in the primary?


  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    The opposite of a flabbergoobertig but I'm not positive on this one.
  3. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    To CNN's and/or Ms. Taylor's discredit, it's actually spelled with a 'g'.


    a silly, flighty person;


    Flibbertigibbet may refer to two separate cultural figures:

    In Anglo-Saxon mythology Flibbertigibbet is apprentice to Wayland Smith[1], who becomes exasperated with his behaviour and throws him down a hill, where he transforms into a stone.

    In Shakespeare he is one of the five fiends that possessed 'poor Tom' in King Lear (IV, i (1605)). Shakespeare got the name from Samuel Harsnet's Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures (1603), where one reads of 40 fiends, which Jesuits cast out and among which was Fliberdigibbet, a name that had been previously used by Latimer and others for a mischievous gossip. Elsewhere the name is apparently a synonym for Puck. Its origin is in a meaningless representation of chattering.[2]

  4. "How do you find a word that means Maria
    "A flibbertigibbbet, a will-o-the-wisp, a clown."

    I thought I'd post the ref from the Sound Of Music before HC got around to it.
  5. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Christopher Plummer wept.
  6. Nevermind Liz. Getting her to commit is one thing, getting her to stay is another.

    She'll probably just leave Hillary for another candidate within a few months.
  7. lono

    lono Active Member

    However, Christopher Guest laughed and Amanda Plummer suddenly wanted a thesaurus but had no idea why.
  8. Bruce Leroy

    Bruce Leroy Active Member

    Bobby Bowden would certainly be bumfuzzled by this "flibbertgibbet" word.
  9. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    It's William Randolph Hearst's pet name for his lover's vagina.
  10. ifilus

    ifilus Active Member

  11. Now THAT'S obscure.
  12. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    I appreciate your efforts on my behalf, sir.
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