October 16, 2012
ruckus (noun)
\RUCK-us\ Hear it!
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!"
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