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The Word of the Day – humbuggery


Humbuggery / HUHM-buhg-uh-ree / noun


Pretense; sham.


… nobody might ever have found out that it was the confoundedest, brazenest, ingeniousest piece of fraud and humbuggery that was ever concocted to fool poor confiding mortals with!
— Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883


Humbuggery entered English in the 1820s and stems from the earlier term humbug, which is of uncertain origin.

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