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Good evening and welcome to Word of the Day! A journey through the English vocabulary and the words that piqued my interest, in WotD we'll be learning a new word for each working day of the week, bar holidays, unless there's a holiday special...


I'm making a special exception for today, we're having two words! Yay!

Today's words are:



noun (informal dated)

  • Confusion; uproar.
  • A hangover; a severe headache resulting from a hangover.

ORIGIN: mid 19th cent.: from German Katzen (combining form of Katze 'cat' ) + Jammer 'distress' ; popularized by the cartoon Katzenjammer Kids, drawn by Rudolf Dirks (1877–1968) in 1897 for the New York Journal, featuring two incorrigible children.




verb [ intrans. ] (informal)

  • Waste time; idle or busy oneself aimlessly : Mother futzed around in the kitchen.
  • ( futz around with) deal with (something) in a trifling way; fiddle with : Mick was futzing around with his camera equipment.

ORIGIN: 1930s: perhaps an alteration of Yiddish arumfartzen 'fart around.'

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