Word of the Week Wednesday: frippery

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: frippery.

Frippery means showy clothing or ostentation with the expanded meaning of trivia or unimportant things.

It originally comes from the Old French for rags or cast-off clothing and picked up the ironic meaning of finery.

I like that it’s got an old-fashioned sound to it and is almost onomatopoeic in that flipping can be wasting time.

I yearn to one day dismiss something with the phrase: “Frippery, frippery frippery.”


About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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