erfuffle. Ker.fuf.fle. A commotion.
“The prince, falling for a commoner, caused quite the kerfuffle.”
According to Merriam-Webster, it’s an alternation of carfuffle, which most like originates from the Scottish Gaelic Cearr, meaning wrong or awkward and fuffle, to become disheveled. So I, personally, prefer a definition along the lines of “an awkward disheveling” … but that’s just me.
With our thanks: “Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische.”