This question comes fro Hynder Snodgrass, of Swarthmore.
Dear Hynder: Binders that are full of women is a kerfuffle. It is a thing of light badness, funny, nothing to get your knickers in a twistee about. A brouhaha is something a bit more graver and worse- still not like fatal bad, but bad. Take for instance a hero athlete found to be taking steroids. Or the Italian president discovered to be dallying with 17 year old girls- this embroils one in a genuine brouhaha.
The first kerfuffle actually happened in 1921, to me, great zamboni while I was studying at the Sorbonne in gay paris. Gertrude Stein and I were caught making sexy time in the cafe du Dome, by Alice B Toklas and Ernest Hemingway, who both (she being in love with Stein, and he-inexorably and inexplicably being crushed out on I, Zamboni-) started quite a kerfuffle with weeping, wailing and general binge drinking and rumor spreading around the left bank.
The first brouhaha happened in caveman days. Three primordial witches stirred a pot of elements or “brew” and these elements made up laughter, or “ha ha”.