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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.
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.
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.
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.
Bailey, Humbuggery and Manipulation: The Art of Leadership (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998), p.
I award the star prize for political humbuggery to the Irish, to the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle.