Today's column, which is closely adapted from yesterday's item here on the big blog about Butch Snipes, the Mayor of U Street, contains the word "hornswoggle."
This marks the first time I have used said word in 20 years at the Post. It is the 12th time the word has appeared in this publication since electronic records began in the mid-1970s. The last use was by Mr. Gene Weingarten in a 1998 piece about politicians and other such hornswogglers. The only Post writer who has used "hornswoggle" more than once in print is Mr. Thomas Boswell, the legendary baseball columnist.
And now you know.
By the way, here is Mr. Webster on "hornswoggle": To swindle or hoax.
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