A close cousin to shenanigans, hijinks, and ballyhoo, tomfoolery is this week's old timey word. The other day, my wife looked at me and a friend and said, "oh, you guys and your hijinks!" It immediately struck me a as a great old timey word and it got me thinking about tomfoolery and ballyhoo. Watch the first 20 seconds of this scene from "Good Will Hunting" (1997):
Tomfoolery's first documented use was 1812. The dictionary definition is "playful or foolish behavior." Apparently, there was a man named Thom Foole who was described as "mentally deficient." His name became an adjective for goofy behavior. As usual, here are some images I discovered while researching.
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