Rumpus, n.

A. Part of speech: noun

B. Definition: a noisy disturbance; a commotion (New Oxford American Dictionary)

C. Sentence in which the word appears in the text (page number): " 'Ai' they said, "This vagabond would have done well to perish somewhere else, and make us no such rumpus' " (Odyssey 349).

D. Your own sentence that reflects your understanding of the word: While the crowd sat in silence honoring the deceased, the man caused a rumpus as his cellphone ringtone interrupted the memorial service with loud thrash metal.

E. Synonyms: disturbance, noise, racket, din, commotion, hubbub, fuss, uproar, ruckus (Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus)

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F. An image that illustrates the word:

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G. A popular culture reference to the word

  • An English rock band performs under the name "Rumpus". There music is available here.
  • Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot and the musical Cats both feature a character named "The Great Rumpus Cat."
  • In Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, the monsters proclaim, "Let the wild rumpus start" (see below image).
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  • "Rumpus" is also a tabloid Yale University students publish. It is available here.
  • A recreational room is also referred to as a "ruckus room." This idiom dates back to 1940.

H. Anything else that you can think of that has to do with your word: The word rumpus dates back to 1764 and may be derived from the word "robustius."

-CB