topsy-turvydom


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Noun1.topsy-turvydom - a state of extreme confusion and disordertopsy-turvydom - a state of extreme confusion and disorder
confusion - disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably; "the army retreated in confusion"
balagan - a word for chaos or fiasco borrowed from modern Hebrew (where it is a loan word from Russian); "it was utter and complete balagan!"
References in classic literature ?
For these two men on the tower were left alone with the most terrible aspect of Gothic; the monstrous foreshortening and disproportion, the dizzy perspectives, the glimpses of great things small and small things great; a topsy-turvydom of stone in the mid-air.
Though more startlingly obvious in fantasy, such as Dorothy in Technicolor Oz, or Alice's equally surreal "trip" in Wonderland, where everything is topsy-turvydom, even the most realistic road movie figures, like John Cusak's hitchhiking college student from 'The Sure Thing," forever are changed by their journey.
But, of course, the story is full of WS Gilbert's fabled topsy-turvydom and satirical sideswipes.