Word for Wednesday: Fracas

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There is much news coverage about the recent 'fracas' at the BBC between a certain presenter and a producer.

According to Dictionary.com The word fracas originates from the French fracas "crash, sudden noise; tumult, bustle, fuss" (15c.) and the Italian fracasso "uproar, crash." It was used in English from 1727 to describe a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl.

The use of this word in the BBC statement suggests that the more than words were used during the encounter and time will tell. Whatever the outcome, the fact that that this word has been promoted to celebrity status is wonderful and we look forward to it being used more often by commentators to describe the on-pitch scuffles at soccer matches!

Hugh MacDermott

11 Mar 2015
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