Examples of foozle
Where does foozle come from?
Foozle is recorded in the 19th century, from a German root meaning “to work badly or clumsily.” As a noun, foozle can refer to an old fogy, though the relationship between the two words is unclear.
Foozle has been used for bungling a golf stroke or a shot missed (foozled) since the 1890s. As 1905’s The Complete Golfer critiques a swing: “There was no power in this stroke, nothing to send the ball along. Therefore length was impossible, and a foozle was quite likely.”
Foozle migrated from golf in the 20th century and has been applied to general mess-ups since.
Foozle as a word to describe a video game’s final boss, often unimaginative and rote in form, emerges at least by the 2000s. Games or missions featuring such bosses are sometimes called Kill-the-Foozles. This foozle appears to draw on the noun foozle for “foggy.”
Foozle is also the name of a popular mobile phone system puzzle game involving some cute foozling.
Who uses foozle?
Foozle can be used in a few ways: as verbal adjective foozled (“bungled,” also slang for “drunk”), noun (e.g., That was quite the foozle!), and verb (e.g., Make sure you don’t foozle it.)
For most of the general population, foozle is a quaint, old-fashioned word and doesn’t get used much outside of video games or the golf course.
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