October 16, 2012
- ruckus (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a noisy disturbance or quarrel : row
- How do you use it?
- Mom said that no one would be allowed to play with the go-karts if there was a ruckus every time we got them out.
- Are you a word wiz?
We don't expect this question to cause a ruckus: where do you think "ruckus" comes from?Language scientists aren't sure, but they believe that "ruckus" comes from a blend of two words: "ruction" and "rumpus." "Ruction" is a pretty rare word that means basically the same thing as "ruckus." "Rumpus" has a meaning that's also similar to "ruckus." It means "a usually noisy commotion." "Rumpus" isn't a very common word either, but you may know it from the book _Where the Wild Things Are_, by Maurice Sendak. In that book, Max tells the Wild Things to "let the wild rumpus start!"