Read a cautionary tale about the seductive and dangerous power of a charlatan sociopath, featuring goats and the American Dream.
In our shock at the way things have turned out, we wonder if there is anyone left in charge who's not a charlatan or a fool.
charlatan is an unfair word,” Kennedy opined, but “he did an awful lot for effect.
1610s, from French charlatan "mountebank, babbler" (16c.), from Italian ciarlatano "a quack," from ciarlare "to prate, babble," from ciarla "chat, prattle," perhaps imitative of ducks' quacking. Related: Charlatanism; charlatanical; charlatanry.
charlatan char·la·tan (shär'lə-tən)
A person fraudulently claiming knowledge and skills not possessed.