as a "useless ornament", but I always thought the word referred to any kind of detritus
, especially detritus or junk that’s in your way.
"Gee, I can't find my pen because my desk is covered with all this falderal," I might say. (Well, I mean, I wouldn't actually say
that, but if I was to use the word that's how I'd use it.)
The only place I’ve heard falderal used recently is in the They Might Be Giants
song "Metal Detector
"Look past the volleyball… look past the squawking gull… ignore the mountain of discarded falderal."
TMBG seem to share my definition -- and who knows more about words, dictionary
guys or geek bands
? (Although, Webster’s also defines faldelral as a nonsense
refrain, so I guess the jury’s out.)