Taradiddle


No Gossip! no! our Neighbour’s name
So tenderly we handle!—
A Taradiddle— Fib, or so:—
But not a word of Scandal!
Yankee doodle &c.
— Thomas Read, The British Harmonist, 1795

Taradiddle:  noun – Informal British

This word comes from the town of Taraddle, Ireland.  Actually that is not entirely true.  Or rather, that is entirely not true.  There is no such town.  Which of course makes the legend itself a taraddidle.

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”
― George Carlin
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

So many ways to say someone is lying but pretty much one perfect way to say the opposite.

Definition – 1: a fib 2 : pretentious nonsense

  • synonyms: trumpery, balderdash, skimble-skamble, nonsense, baloney, bosh, drool, humbug, tommyrot, bunk, hokum, tosh, twaddle, fables, fabrications, falsehoods, falsities, fibs, lies mendacities, distortion, hoodoo, fiddle-faddle, codswallop, crapola, flapdoodle, hogwash, horsefeathers, exaggeration, ambiguity, equivocation, obliquity, defamation, libel, slander, perjury, jive, prose, pretense, myth, canard,  bluff, dishonesty, duplicity, fraudulence, misinformation, misstatement, story, untruth, whopper, folly foolishness, moonshine, muck, piffle, nuts, humbuggery, malarky, rot, hot air, rigmarole, double-talk, hocus-pocus, etc
  • antonyms:  truth

taradiddle \tair-uh-DID-ul\ noun. 1 : a trivial or childish lie : fib. 2 : pretentious nonsense. Examples: “The time came when she not only told her taradiddle about having ‘hunted quite a lot,’ she even came near believing it.” — George Orwell, Burmese Days, 1934.

truths through the eyes of lies: ben; jane; jahna; sadje; sandra; hartless; jeffrey; hope; fandango; troy; reluctant; Ab; pat; taggart

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