Wat De Brouhaha?

100th post


After I finished writing, A Portrait of Success, I opted for the WordPress proofreader to scan my post before publishing. It underlined brouhaha in blue because it is a cliché. I didn’t know that, maybe I should have. How else would I have known about such a word if not from reading it a thousand times on the web? Brouhaha, even saying it sounds like a joke.

Okay, because I’m a junior at Grammar Police, because I laugh and laugh and laugh at the (autocorrect) spelling mistakes of friends, a cliché cannot be found on my blog ever! A passive sentence yes, a cliché, nooo!

I ran to my trusty friend, Google, and typed, synonyms for brouhaha1, while trying not to laugh. Here’s what I found and my comments.


So, the Tower of Babel still haunts us  . . .


Reminds me of snakes and snakes don’t brouhaha.


I go to YouTube and listen to Madonna, I’ve got the moves baby, you’ve got the motion, if we got together we’ll be causing a commotion. After reliving my youth, I decide I’m too adult for this synonym. Next please!


No way! Even if it’s the last synonym on earth. Tufiakwa! It sounds like – – – – – – – – – – – -.


I see. I see butterflies in flutteration. Come on, get real! Even MS Word flags this one and gives me flirtation, floatation, and literation as options.


Has an “amazing” 165 synonyms including bobbery, charivari, feery-fary, and shivaree. I think I can write a poem!


Reminds me of sokugo2 in Cyprian Ekwensi’s Burning Grass. Nah, nah, not a good match.


I think they made this one up. Someone shuffled into the office and to meet the quota, the editor wrote kerfuffle!


Means to work hard. Just had to share, who knows when you might need to moil to write a post. Of course it’s archaic, but some of you are in your mid-eighties!


Laughing gas will do that to you!


Could have used this, but isn’t it a cliché as well?


Sounds like something they say from the pulpit in church.


Water swirling round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round. Are you dizzy yet?


I read that for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction, plus a social media overreaction. What the brouhaha! Figures doesn’t it?


The reason Sunday after Sunday I’m still here. Um, I’ll save this one in my brain, thanks!


My 100th post, how time flies! I couldn’t have made it without you, and that is no joke. Thank you for flying with me.


Take lemons, make life & jump for joy!







©Timi Yeseibo 2014


1. Synonyms courtesy of Thesaurasize: http://thesaurasize.com/brouhaha

2. Sokugo: a wandering disease that causes one to undertake a restless journey at its onset. Described by Cyprain Ekwensi in his book, Burning Bush.


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