Rigmarole

Kate MiddletonI considered changing my name to Roxie, but I didn’t want to go through the rigmarole. Okay, I’m not really thinking of changing my name. But it’s a great word, rigmarole, isn’t it? I used to think it had another “a” in it, “rigamarole”. I was wrong. It’s from the 1700s and while it now refers to a long, rambling discourse, its origins are somewhat convoluted. According to Etymology Online, it’s from the Middle English, and means a long list or catalogue. It’s a derivation of the name of a game, Rageman. Frankly, it’s all rather complicated, and World Wide Words does a far more admirable job of explaining it than I ever could. In researching the word, I also found an Etsy shop called Rigmarole that sells lovely wallets. Have a look.  By the way, the photo of Kate Middleton — while it appears to have no connection to rigmarole, think again. It turned up in a search for the word. It accompanied an article about Kate being stressed over wedding rigmarole. Well who wouldn’t be? I’d like to thank @jendelpozzo for recommending this word. And as fate would have it, today is her birthday. A very Happy Birthday Jen! May you have a wonderful year and let it be free of rigmarole.

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One thought on “Rigmarole

  1. 💝 Well you could’ve fooled me with all the rigmarole we’ve been through lately. I thought that it might be Slang when someone was in a hurry gathering up their things and said get the whole rigmarole, I’m in a hurry.
    Well done Suzie Q.

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