As in, We’ve all seen these petty office clanjamfries.
Clanjamfrie is a Scottish word introduced by Sir Walter Scott in a The Black Dwarf, 1816.
From The Scotsman:
It could refer to a rowdy set of football fans at the pub; a teenager’s messy, dimly-lit bedroom; even some of the frenzied scenes observed over Black Friday.
The word clanjamfrie (alternative spelling: clanjamfry) is a pliable word that, simply, describes chaos.
Ian Crofton’s Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable describes clanjamfrie as meaning “a disorderly rabble; a brouhaha or rumpus; a collection of worthless items.”
So there’s a new word to add to your repertoire, along with flapdoodle, panarchy, and borborygmus…