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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Definitions for confusticate

  1. Slang. to confuse or perplex; bewilder.

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Citations for confusticate
Confusticate and bebother these dwarves! J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, 1937
To confusticate the apple, or to scrumplicate the pear, Discombobulate the cherry, make the grower tear his hair ... , "Bullying Poor 'Bully'," Punch, Volume 98, April 26, 1890
Origin of confusticate
Confusticate is a pseudo-Latin coinage based on an alteration of the common English verb confuse. It originally was American slang and rarely used until J.R.R. Tolkien revived it in The Hobbit (1937). Most pseudo-Latin words, e.g., bloviate or omnium-gatherum, retain a whiff of the fraudulent, but transmogrify, invented in the 17th century, is now respectable. Confusticate entered English in the late 19th century.