Thursday, January 18, 2007

foofaraw \FOO-fuh-raw\, noun:1. Excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.2. A fuss over a matter of little importance. A somber, muted descending motif opens and closes the work, which is brief but effective. It provided much needed relief from the fanfares and foofaraw in which brass-going composers so often indulge.-- Philip Kennicott, "Brass Spectacular is a Spectacle of Special Sound", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 17, 1997 After working in the news business for a number of years, I've become a bit cynical about mass-media coverage of events like the Y2K foofaraw.-- Roy Clancy, "Ready for Y2K...", Calgary Sun, December 15, 1999 Making the Times best-seller list, or a movie, or all that other foofaraw is not necessarily proof of [a novel's] lasting significance.-- Roger K. Miller, "Peyton Place' was remarkably good bad novel", Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 29, 1996 Foofaraw is perhaps from Spanish fanfarrón, "a braggart." Entry and Pronunciation for foofaraw

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