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- interj. Nonsense word traditional to English ballads and madrigals.
- n. Alternative form of folderol.
- n. A gaudy thing of little value; a trinket.
- n. Nonsense.
- n. Excessive efforts expended on a something trivial; much ado about nothing.
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The former would allow those who favor fiction-as-discourse to continue mining works of fiction for nuggets of "meaning" without being nagged by those favoring fiction-as-art about all that fol-de-rol known as "aesthetics."
I have done a search on the 'net, and always get shunted into the "tour" fol-de-rol.
You get the odd guest coming on saying: "I like Mahler and all that, but I prefer a fol-de-rol."
After a princely welcome, all hoopla and fol-de-rol, their shadowy spectacle proved too much to bear.
The very words "serious" and "literature" and "art" have mostly been held in contempt as vestiges of all that European fol-de-rol as an alternative to which God created Americans.
He frustrates every one of Merlin's intrigues against him and crows: "Somehow, every time the magic of fol-de-rol tried conclusions with the magic of science, the magic of fol-de-rol got left."
Which is the equivalent of a troll finishing his rendition of "I'm a troll, fol-de-rol" for the sixty-eight time and then getting incensed when someone calls him a troll.
Or was it merely that we had become increasingly comfortable, even decadent, in our lives, and chose to focus on trivia and gossip because city council meetings and the federal fol-de-rol seemed to figure only as a mere backdrops to out lives?
There is no skirting such relative fol-de-rol as intermarriage or clubs that exclude Jews.
Why do they think they need all that fol-de-rol about Jane Foster?
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