“Snollygoster” is a Lost Word with Lasting Meaning

Snollygoster (snahl-ee-gahs-tuhr) – an unprincipled person, a liar, especially a politician This ridiculously fun-to-say word comes from 19th-century American slang. The origin of this term is suspected to have come from snallygaster, which is a word for “a mythical beast that preys on poultry and children.” Wait, what? Yes, apparently in American lore, there is […]

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