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«Skulduggery.» Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Retrieved 5 November 2022. RNC dictionary words, new FDA information, Hurricane Laura, and professional sports strike. These sample phrases are automatically selected from various online information sources to reflect the current use of the word «shenanigans.» The views expressed in the examples do not represent the views of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us your feedback. Find out which words work together and create more natural English with the Oxford Collocations Dictionary app. Skulduggery is a variant of the Scottish word for «adultery», sculdudria. Lies, deception, dirty tricks? It sounds like shenanigans – or clever words to exploit a situation, or a person – is involved. However, Skulduggery can have many other goals, lying to potential customers about what a product can do, or telling voters anything they want to hear to secure their votes. Skulduggery, which can also be written as «Skull Duggery», was first documented in the mid-19th century as «Scull-Duggery». Etymologists don`t know exactly how the word got into English, but they don`t believe it has anything to do with skulls.

It may be derived from the now very rare «sculduddery», a term once used to refer to rude or obscene behavior, but unfortunately, the origins of this word are also unknown. Shenanigans are dishonest words designed to deceive people, like your brother`s quick speech, which makes you do all his household chores and yours and give him your allowance. He is a master of Skulduggery. Theme music by Joshua Stamper 2006©New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP He and his band are not tainted by political and economic interests, let alone allegations of theft. «He`s probably willing to do some shenanigans, sir,» Matt said. After a little discussion to make sure there were no shenanigans, the truckers agreed. Join our community to access the latest language learning and assessment tips from Oxford University Press! But the hyperactive Sarkozy is hypersensitive to these oft-repeated accusations by Skullduggery. It is because of this pressure at home, where any cooperation with the West is presented as evidence of foreign-funded shenanigans, that the coalition government imposes limits on US involvement. A second trend was shenanigans and unethical behaviour related to quite complex issues of globalization and supply chains. He would be reserved enough to ignore any open discussion or other shenanigans that might be on his doorstep.

We use persuasion, skulduggery and even violence to undermine their institutions, to destroy their current culture. Find the answers online with Practical English Usage, your go-to guide to problems in English.