Where’s Richard Lederer* When You Need Him?

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I was reading a post somewhere talking about the "Murtha foofaraw".

What’s that word?  "Foofaraw"? 

Is that how it’s spelled?  Isn’t it something like "falderol"?  Or is that something else?  Have I been saying it wrong all these years?  What’s the etymology?

Okay, maybe it’s time for a refresher course:

  • It’s a "dog EAT dog world", not a "doggie dog world"
  • It’s "for all intents and purposes", not "for all intensive purposes"
  • It’s always "regardless"; never "irregardless" (which isn’t a word)
  • Yes, we all know that "flammable" and "inflammable" mean the same thing.  Deal with it.
  • The opposite of "progress" is "regress", not "congress" — and that joke wasn’t funny or clever anyway [Hat tip: Jon Stewart]
  • He’s singing "revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night", not whatever you think he’s singing

* This guy