snollygoster


Related to snollygoster: compelling, meant, spruik, commencing

snol·ly·gos·ter

 (snŏl′ē-gŏs′tər)
n. Slang
One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles.

[Perhaps alteration of snallygaster, a mythical beast said to prey on poultry and children, perhaps from Pennsylvania Dutch schnelle geeschter : Middle High German snēl, quick (from Old High German) + Middle High German geist, spirit (from Old High German).]

snollygoster

(ˈsnɒlɪˌɡɒstə)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) slang US a politician who cares more for personal gain than serving the people
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I figured since every gasbag from the president to the Grand Poobah of Putterville has recently delivered their State of the Union, State of the State, State of the City and State of the Snollygoster speeches, why shouldn't I?
IT'S a dictionary that took about 50 years to complete, and the final volume arrives just in time for the 2012 US presidential election with words such as snollygoster, a southern US term for a self-promoting politician.
Snollygoster - noun: a shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician
Just call him a blatherskite or even a snollygoster in reply.
And a blatherskite talks nonsense while a snollygoster is shrewd or unprincipled.
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He writes, "After 30 years of occasionally saving lives, I learned that by writing and speaking, I can do more good for more citizens, while tolerating far fewer medical-political snollygosters.
Are your friends all snollygosters and do you call the doctor when you have otalgia?
As for snollygosters, they are just shrewd or unprincipled people, while otalgia is nothing more than modern day earache.