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  • n. A metasyntactic variable, similar to foo and bar.
  • interj. A word (which may or may not be "fnord" itself) commonly held to be invisible to the conscious mind, but subliminally causing a sense of unease or sudden anger when encountered. So used in the Illuminatus! trilogy.
  • interj. A word defined as having no definition.


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A neologism from the Principia Discordia popularized in the Illuminatus! trilogy.


  • Not only that, fnord, that is the ugliest animal I've ever seen, from this wildlife

    Blogtimore, Hon

  • A loud, annoying one that said "fnord" way too much.

    sirilyan Diary Entry

  • The term "far-right" is a fnord, used in this case to mark where people are supposed to feel fear and revulsion.

    Sound Politics: It's in the P-I

  • What I find hilarious is that the Wikipedia article suggests that this book influenced The DaVinci Code (as a conspiracy novel) - perhaps I missed Hagbard or fnord in Dan Brown's pop-culture craze?

    Are There Any SF/F Books You Could Not Finish?

  • I think I've mentioned this before, (fnord) but Illuminatus kind of (fnord) sucks.

    ana-ng Diary Entry

  • Schrodinger's Cat is wonderful, and (fnord) Wilson's collections of essays will make your brain explode, but none of it (fnord) makes any sense unless you slog through Illuminuatus (fnord) first.

    ana-ng Diary Entry

  • If you don't see the fnord it can't eat you, don't see the fnord, don't see the fnord...

    Gerry Canavan

  • (It technically has a name, and that name is fnord, but it is really just the Old Box.)

    sirilyan Diary Entry

  • Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) - ESA/Hubble Collaboration To: null and void; fnord; Number57; KevinDavis; rdb3; MNJohnnie; RightWhale; proudofthesouth; ...

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  • A plot device where something appears wildly out of context. Think of John Cleese sitting at a desk in the middle of a stream, saying: "And now for something completely different!" Heard on an NPR <i>Says You</i> show segment.

    February 22, 2015

  • Rather curious how no definition exists for fnord on this site. No doubt THEY are responsible. Although it may be an ExorcisE in futility, I will attempt to subvert THEM by offering this word's meaning. First of all, you must realise there are many different types of fnords. The first one, a fnord, is a peculiar type of pastry that's a cross between a jelly-filled donut and a cinnamon roll, but nobody knows where they come from, all pastry companies deny having the recipe, but they still are quite flavourful. The second variety, a fnord, is rumored to be a mid sized furry rodent resembling a muskrat, but may in fact be a nutria-chupacabra hybrid, and has so far eluded all attempts at capture. The third variety, fnords, are the lint in the navel of the mites that eat. The fourth variety, fnords, are common everyday items like pencils and shoelaces which are the physical manifestations of disinformation or irrelevant information intending to misdirect, with the implication of a worldwide conspiracy. The fifth variety are common fnords. I hope that helps to clear some things up.

    April 24, 2011

  • hail Eris

    October 3, 2008

  • What are we going to do tonight chained_bear?

    November 4, 2007

  • This word really sounds like something Pinky would say to the Brain.

    November 4, 2007

  • No, I'm with skipvia. This is the only word you don't know, sionnach. I'm convinced.

    Except now you know it. :-)

    November 4, 2007

  • Skipvia : That's hilarious. Flattering, but the reality is that my ignorance knows no bounds.

    November 3, 2007

  • One of my favorite scenes from the Adam West Batman TV show went something like this:

    Robin: Gosh, Batman! Is there anything you don't know?

    Batman: (seriously) Yes, Robin. There are...several things I don't know.

    I feel like rewriting it:

    Skipvia: Gosh, sionnach. Are there any words you don't know?

    Sionnach: (Seriously) Well, there's this one.

    November 3, 2007

  • Words'll do that to youse.

    November 3, 2007

  • Why have I learned about this word only now?

    November 3, 2007