noun [ usu. in sing. ]
an untidy and disorganized state or collection
New Oxford American Dictionary
I can appreciate this one. My mind’s been a muddle since… well I have to be nearing a year now, right?
It actually does stem from the word ‘mud’ from ages ago. And yet, perfectly apropos.
And it ends in that wonderful -ddle. Muddle, puddle, paddle, addle, fiddle, riddle, paradiddle, befuddle.
Brings to mind an old countryside world. Where a young man’s a muddle, the old man’s addled, and the kids are mucking about.