today, someone decided

to quietly dump every single puzzle out onto the floor

mix the pieces together

then head up to the loft to play.

it was left in a perfect state of tobubohu

but somehow i couldn’t think of that word

at the moment of discovery

 tomorrow we will work on it together

and with it will come a new word.


part of speech: noun

origin: hebrew, unknown

1. a state of chaos, utter confusion

examples in a sentence:

“The mayor’s unexpected announcement left the press in a tohubohu.”

“After recess the students were always in a tohubohu.”

anyone else ever achieve this perfect state?

70 responses »

  1. There is an anarchist in your midst. Wouldn’t it be a great idea if the back of each puzzle piece had a serial number unique to the puzzle it belonged to. Best of luck returning order to this tohubohu!

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  2. Ok…I’m stressing about the puzzle thing. But to totally offshoot, I had a friend who used colored markers and on the back of the puzzle she numbered the pieces…each puzzle getting a different color. I believe her kids liked to mix it up so to speak

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  3. Wow, that’s kind of funny. WHen I saw that the origin of the word is Hebrew it didn’t sound familiar, but after thinking about it for a second I realized that it is the anglicized version of a phrase: tohoo va-vohoo, a biblical word describing the world before the creation of light. It is used today to describe utter chaos, but originally described emptiness and darkness. Such a good phrase!

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  4. Whoever came up with the word, it’s clearly related to Tohu wa-bohu or Tohu va-Vohu, a Biblical Hebrew phrase found in the Genesis account of creation; the phrase describes the condition of the earth immediately before the creation of light. There’s an interesting parallel in the Babylonian creation myth called the Enuma Elish, which also records the story of <a href="—the-babylonian-epic-of-creation—fu/&quot; order being brought out of chaos.


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