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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]
References in classic literature ?
Really," said the Scarecrow, "you ought to be ashamed of yourself for being such a humbug.
You must keep my secret and tell no one I am a humbug.
Even Dorothy had hope that "The Great and Terrible Humbug," as she called him, would find a way to send her back to Kansas, and if he did she was willing to forgive him everything.
Glinda has taught our old Wizard a good many clever things, so he is no longer a humbug.
His face was cheery and his eyes twinkling with humor, so Polly and Button-Bright were not at all afraid of the wonderful personage whose fame as a humbug magician had spread throughout the world.
When Barbicane originally proposed to send a shot to the moon every one looked upon the enterprise as simple and practicable enough-- a mere question of gunnery; but when a person, professing to be a reasonable being, offered to take passage within the projectile, the whole thing became a farce, or, in plainer language a humbug.
We must have humbug, we all like humbug, we couldn't get on without humbug.
A little humbug, and a groove, and everything goes on admirably, if you leave it alone.
He was bound to acknowledge that, personally, he entertained the highest regard and esteem for the honourable gentleman; he had merely considered him a humbug in a Pickwickian point of view.
She is about to direct her first major production, Humbug at Cardiff's Chapter Arts Centre, and admits she's both "nervous and excited" that something she has always longed to do is finally happening.
8220;Telecom attacks are getting more sophisticated every day,” says Boaz Bechar, VP of Business Development and cofounder at Humbug Telecom Labs.
Since then all the band's albums have hit the top spot - Favourite Worst Nightmare in 2007, Humbug in 2009 and Suck It And See this year.