Friday, June 5, 2009

Bamboozle

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-verb (used with object)
1. to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like; humbug; hoodwink
2. to perplex; mystify; confound
-verb (used without object)
3. to practice trickery, deception, cozenage, or the like

Examples:
"She has one of those things to put jewels all over your clothes...what do you call it...a Bamboozler?" "No, that would be a BeDazzler."
"I was bamboozled into coming to this stupid party; there was supposed to be some awesome band here."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1703, originally a slang or cant word, perhaps Scottish from bombaze 'perplex,' related to bombast, or French embabuiner 'to make a fool (lit. 'baboon') of.'"

Awkwardness rating: 5

I won't be bamboozled again. (visiondjs.com)

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