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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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Barnum's specimen, but are all one colour and certainly answer to the description of White Elephant much better." (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. Other newspapers quoted The Times in their reporting of the elephant's sojourn in London.
What in the fershlugginer humbuggery is going on here?
Promoters played on European perceptions of America as a cultural backwater with hyperbole and sensationalistic advertising, which came to be known as "humbug." Boston critic John Sullivan Dwight and others denounced such humbuggery, while praising de Meyer's pianism, if not his repertoire, which tended toward flashy bravura pieces, including fantasies on popular and operatic tunes of the day--music sure to please crowds, but less satisfying to the cognoscenti.
These sessions contain enough opposite intensities, enough fruitful tension emerging from the wasteful humbuggery, that any fan with a few bootlegs, minimal mixing technology and some imagination can construct an alternative that would expose Naked for the compromise of a compromise that it is.
Washington Post reporter Hedley Donovan dismissed this aspect of FDR's acceptance speech as "painful humbuggery" (Goodwin 1994, 134).
Others will read it as a grim tale of humbuggery. At one point, Friedman herself pronounces Dr.
Comedy, in particular, according to Wilson Carey McWilliams, exposes humbuggery, and hence is "radically dangerous" to those who would "drive us into community by necessity or terror." Throughout the ages, it has poked fun at the wholesale attempts to reshape people through social engineering and is, not surprisingly, the bane of all totalitarian leaders and political systems.(14) This is even more true, obviously, of satire.
The historical Jesus, sifted from the mythic figure of triune humbuggery, threatened mammon with eternal damnation.
Each galaxy would evolve a species of rational beings, scornful of superstition, hocuspocus, and humbuggery of every ilk." He sighed.