Word of the day for Tuesday, June 24




Archaic. confusion.


I am at your pleasure; dispose of me as you will without further garboil.
— William T. Vollmann , Argall: The True Story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith , 2001

“…I wouldn’t mind if she weren’t a prominent person of the kind that’s always in some sort of garboil. That would mean more trouble, sooner or later…”
— L. Sprague de Camp , “The Gnarly Man,” 1939


Garboil hails from the Old Italian garbuglio . It entered English in the mid-1500s.


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