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Humbuggery

Barnum, P. T.
(1810–1891) circus owner whose sideshows were sometimes fraudulent; wrote Humbugs of the World. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 234]
Bilko, Sergeant
bunco artist extraordinaire. [TV: “You’ll Never Get Rich” in Terrace II, 452–453]
Face
cunning butler, sets up scam in master’s absence. [Br. Lit.: The Alchemist]
Mandeville
supposed author of an exaggerated travelogue. [Br. Lit.: Voyage of Sir John Mandeville, Harvey, 511]
Subtle
charlatan, posing as alchemist, bilks hapless victims. [Br. Lit.: The Alchemist]
Wizard of Oz
false wizard takes up residence in Emerald City. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]
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43) Taking cues from the opinions offered by Laverick and other correspondents, The Times veered between enthusiastic endorsement of the elephant and derision of Barnum's humbuggery.
Humbuggery and Manipulation: The Art of Leadership.
Welty correctly identifies this as pretentious and prejudiced humbuggery whose main rhetorical device is question begging.
What in the fershlugginer humbuggery is going on here?