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Stir vs Bustle vs Flurry vs Pother vs Fuss vs Ado

Stirbustleflurrypotherfussado all denote the signs of excitement or hurry that accompany an act, action, or an event.

Stir suggests brisk or restless movement and ordinarily implies a crowd.

Bustle adds the implication of a noisy, obtrusive, or self-important display of energy, especially when used in reference to an individual.

Flurry stresses nervous agitation and undue haste.

Pother and fuss both imply flurry and fidgety activity; pother often distinctively stresses commotion or confusion and fuss needless worry or effort.

Ado usually suggests fussiness or waste of energy. It also often implies trouble or difficulty.