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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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28) Unlike Neil Harris and other scholars, who contend that the Barnumesque entertainments of the nineteenth century encouraged audiences to embrace the values of the popular Enlightenment and develop the capacity to differentiate between humbug and truth, Cook insists that the artful deceptions of the nineteenth century played a more complex role, holding out the promise of discovering the "truth," yet also, through their unwillingness to come clean, helping to "socialize their audiences to a brave new world in which the very boundaries of truth were becoming more and more puzzling.
In the same paper, Evenhuis described the bee flies Oligodranes humbug and Oligodranes zzyzxensis.
As an ambitious budding journalist who dismissed the humbug of minding her steel-trap tongue, Wells often found herself, or perhaps placed herself, as one of the "few women" among "us men.
As a historian writing a review of Camporesi one feels rather like Scrooge commenting on Christmas: a decidedly cluttered and bizarre festival in this case, but one that perhaps should not be dismissed with a too easy, "Bah, humbug.
It's the sort of humbug up with which Winston Churchill wouldn't put.
There's even a new song called Kitty Humbug the Cat in honor of this unusual-looking feline, who has a lion's mane and a poodle haircut.
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