Entry: fantods (n.)
Definition: The OED’s definition doesn’t really fit the term’s usage in Infinite Jest, either a crotchety way of acting; a fad, or in the adjectival form fidgetty, restless.
prefer the Scrabble dictionary’s “an emotional outburst” or even better
Dictionary.com’s “A state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the
willies; the fidgets.”
Other: This has to be one of the most beloved terms from IJ. And it’s never just the fantods – it’s always the howling fantods.
I really enjoy the understated sound of this:
1839 C. F. Briggs Adventures Harry Franco I. 249 You have got strong symptoms of the fantods.
SNOOT score: 3