Thursday, March 5, 2009


Definition: (from
1. in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter

"They picked up the trash scattered higgledy-piggledy across the floor after the party."
"She acted all higgledy-piggledy after the soccer ball hit her in the head so we took her to the emergency room."

Origin: (from
"'confusedly, hurriedly,' 1590s, a 'vocal gesture' [OED] probably formed from pig and the animal's suggestions of mess and disorder. Reduplications in the h-/p- pattern are common (e.g. hanky-panky, hocus-pocus, hinch(y)-pinch(y), an obsolete children's game, attested from c.1600)."

Awkwardness rating: 9

The leftovers spread higgledy-piggledy after Mardi Gras. (

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