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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38 thoughts on “Wat De Brouhaha?

    1. Me too. We have WordPress to thank for enlightening us!
      I couldn’t agree more with fit and acquit. I stuck with brouhaha. In the end, the “glove” fit perfectly. Was the brouhaha justified? 😉

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  1. I definitely are never concerned about clichés but don’t feel bad about ‘brouhaha’ since many people can relate to these words and expressions! That is my opinion, since many authors and writers say they admire people who write using their ‘voices’ and others say, ‘find your voice.’ If we use our own ‘voice’ it will include clichés and other funny, quaint and original thoughts! Timi, so proud you have completed your book!! Hugs!

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    1. “If we use our own ‘voice’ it will include clichés and other funny, quaint and original thoughts!”
      Good food for thought. As for me, my writing ‘voice’ is different from my speaking ‘voice’.

      Book? Well I guess, if I put all my posts together, I’d have a pretty decent book 🙂
      Thanks Robin for joining the brouhaha!

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  2. Should I comment or wait till I’ve read a few big words and their meaning she said to herself.

    She didn’t win as Timiebi decided ” just wish her Happy 100th and stop perambulating ” (see what I did there? No? Okay…)
    Cheers to many more inspiring, thought-provoking and funny posts

    Happy 100th Timi 🙂


    1. Hahaha! Reminds me of a phase we went through in secondary school where we wanted to speak ‘big’ grammar. We read our dictionaries and crammed our heads full of big words. Anxious to use one of her stored-up words, a friend said to another girl who’d been walking up and down the corridor, “This your ubiquity is getting too much!” 😀

      Perambulate for as long as you like, I don’t mind! Thanks for cheering me on!


    1. Seeing that it’s my 100th and all, you and I can do whatever we want! Make a brouhaha? Sure, where’s the party at? 🙂

      Brouhaha is a noun, which means a noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something.

      Thank you for reading!


  3. See the conturbation (I LOLed at this) this borrowed language is causing. Me, I would have changed the thing to wahala or palava. Cliche my foot. Twitter? Really?

    To the next 100 and beyond…


    1. Hahaha, but at least, it gave me a blog post 😉
      Apparently the conturbation on Twitter qualifies twitter as a synonym for brouhaha.

      To the next 100 and beyond, yes! Thank you, Ife.


  4. Ha ha ha! Timi.
    You should have consulted Patrick Obahiagbon of Nigeria, the bogus English speaker. He might have been able to help you out😃
    Anyway, im happy that im not the only one who checks the dictionary/ google for some English words that insist on coming out from my mouth or through my fingers.
    Honestly, you can invent your own English word and stick by it😃😃. Afterall some english rules dont make sense and people with only one head formulated the ones we are using.
    Hope ive spoken for every body😃
    Big congratulations on your 100th edition!
    More grace to your fingers and brain.


    1. Hi Julienne, after enjoying the joys of dolce far niente and unprecipitateness, I am in consonant with you on this. The English speaker must contrive and deploy words from verisimilar incunabula to aberrate from consuetudinary verbalization and discountenance his assemblage at every turn!

      Phew! It’s so much easier to speak simple English 😀

      Thank you for flying with me and spurring me on.


  5. 100 posts! Congrats 🙂 I didn’t know it was a cliche either- and I must say, there are some instances, cliche or not, when the word brouhaha fits perfectly. Like, publishing 100 posts is definitely reason for making a brouhaha. That is definitely something, Timi.


    1. So, I ran to my trusty friend and checked out coruscating.
      adjective: flashing; sparkling. E.g. “a coruscating kaleidoscope of colours”
      brilliant or striking in content or style. E.g. “the play’s coruscating wit”

      Thanks Emeka. Such panegyric bunkum 😉 I love it!


  6. Exquisite-ness is a word
    I used it anyways before proving that it is in the dictionary…

    About to go find if the word exotic-ness is in the dictionary
    Me and my use of English
    (will be back)

    They are both real words, yay!


    1. Yay! I write my first draft freely, then I proof and run to the dictionary or thesaurus or both. Sometimes I will use a word that I think I know, and when I check it out, it means the opposite!


  7. mmm…this is interesting formula – I had to read the content and walk very carefully to understand the meaning and its conclusion. This will make someone’s brain to practice!


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