Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Oh, Yes There Is . . .

. . . a word called "SNOLLYGOSTER" (Yes, I had to rub my eyes in disbelief also.) Pronounced just like it's spelled.

snol·ly·gos·ter

NOUN:
Slang
One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles.

ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps alteration of snallygastera mythical beast said to prey on poultry and children, perhaps from Pennsylvania Dutch schnelle geeschter : Middle High German snelquick (from Old High German) + Middle High German geistspirit (from Old High German)

Source: Yahoo Dictionary

Can it just be serendipity that this word turns up when I'm thinking about the utter hopelessness of trusting the political process to fix anything in this country? Or is there some hidden hand at work?
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