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Thread #59418   Message #3212546
Posted By: Amos
25-Aug-11 - 11:58 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
footle\FOOT-l\ , verb;
1.To act or talk in a foolish or silly way.noun:
1.Nonsense; silliness.

Sometimes, on a good day, I would go upstairs with my duster and footle around the parlor, adjusting paintings and straightening cushions, knocking them into shape with such military precision that even my mother would have saluted them.
-- Marion McGilvary, A Lost Wife's Tale: A Novel

I say, Charlie, for any sake do play up tomorrow, and don't footle.
-- Rose Macaulay, Abbots Verney: a novel

Footle has an uncertain origin. One candidate is the French se foutre, to care nothing." Another possibility is the Dutch vochtig, "damp or musty."

Make up rhymes, jump in a puddle
Sing to the clouds and let us footle
Loud and wide, at top of lung,
Footle, footle while we're young!
Late in life, your brain's a muddle
And it grows dark, and hard to footle.