Sunday, October 21, 2012


Suggested by Ben Landers

Definition: (from
1. a product of simple manual skill, as a plaited leather cord for the neck or a knife sheath, made typically by a camper or a scout
2. work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy
3. a project funded by the federal government out of political favoritism that is of no real value to the community or the nation
-verb (used with object)
4. to deceive or attempt to deceive
-verb (used without object)
5. to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy

"The vampire asked me to join him for dinner but I was not boondoggled and told him to visit a blood bank."
"The witch stirred her cauldron for hours - a boondoggle to avoid collecting more eye of newt for her sisters."

Origin: (from
"1935, American English, of uncertain origin, popularized during the New Deal as a contemptuous word for make-work projects for the unemployed. Said to have been a pioneer word for 'gadget;' it also was by 1932 a Boy Scout term for a kind of woven braid."

Awkwardness rating: 7

You can't boondoggle me, Mr. Vampire. (

1 comment:

  1. As a teacher i would never know about its origin , this creates increase in knowledge and will definitely share it my kids and teachers about it.