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Interesting Words And Expressions – Bumfuzzle

What does bumfuzzle mean?

It’s a transitive verb that means confuse; perplex; fluster.

How do you pronounce it?


Where does it come from?

Bumfuzzle may have begun as dumfound, which was then altered first into dumfoozle and then into bumfoozle. Dumfound (or dumbfound) remains a common word today, but bumfuzzle unfortunately is extremely rare.

How do you use it?

For example: “Irish can bumfuzzle any team” – headline about the Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” football team in the Chicago Tribune newspaper.


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