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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.

By Marc Fisher |  June 30, 2006; 7:46 AM ET
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why don't you come up with something more interesting to write about?

i'll let it slide this time since it's the friday before a major holiday weekend.

Posted by: driver guy | June 30, 2006 9:45 AM

Have you ever used lollapalooza? Here's something to investigate this weekend - if bars have happy hours, when are their sad hours?

Posted by: Absquatulator | June 30, 2006 9:51 AM

Homer Simpson once said he was going to haul ass to lollapalooza!

BTW, sad hour is the hour right before happy hour. I'm heading off to the Folklife festival. Forget this work stuff!

Posted by: WB | June 30, 2006 10:03 AM

Nice work! Does the copy desk award prizes for that kind of achievement?

Posted by: h3 | June 30, 2006 10:08 AM

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