: In The Age story to which I link below, the writer calls a red herring a “furfy.” Confidential to Tim Blair: What’s a furfy, mate?

  • tim

    A “furphy”, my friend, is a bogus claim. The name is derived from WWI water carriers, who were notorious for delivering unreliable gossip to information-starved Australian troops.
    After the war, many of these men were hired by The New York Times. One of them — the legendary Paul “Kangaroo” Krugman — works at the paper to this very day!

  • LOL. Thanks, mate.