You are such a snollygoster

Weird Word Wednesday

I love words. I love learning and using new words. And I especially love unique and weird words. Here’s a new one I came across today.

Snollygoster |snol-ee-gos-ter|

noun Slang.

a clever, unscrupulous person.
Origin:
1855–60;  origin uncertain
(obsolete) A shrewd person not guided by principles, especially a politician
Etymology:
19th-century American English. Possibly from snallygaster, a mythical beast that preys on poultry and children, possibly from Pennsylvania German schnelle geeschter, from German schnell, quick + geist, spirit.

 

And, when you Google Image Search that word, you get this (among other things, of course):

Snollygoster!

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