Would you be a snollygoster?
Every action aimed to foster
trust… and votes… a campaign win…
then lining pockets from within.
The rhetoric. The talk. The lies.
Confounding people to disguise
a calculating, shrewd imposter;
© Kathryn Apel 2012
My son and I have been enjoying ‘Weird and Wonderful Words’ (Erin McKean, Oxford University Press 2003) which defines a snollygoster (pg 87) as; a dishonest politician, especially a shrewd or calculating one.
For many politicians this doesn’t apply, but never-the-less I am just a little surprised that snollygoster isn’t a word more widely used today. It has such a ring to it – don’t you think?
(Oh. Look at that. Click on the book to go to Oxford’s page and what’s the very first question they ask?)