Here the snake oil quotient is a bit more evident than in the skybox seats occupied by insights made using hard science.
snake bites account for more than 100,000 annual fatalities, reports the World Health Organization.
In the Iliad, a Chimera is a grotesque animal jumble, “lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle.”
Click the Image to View Our Gallery of the World's Deadliest snakes Concern about the snake menace has been growing for years.
He was the point man in the promotion when Evel Knievel swore he'd soar across snake River Canyon in a sawed-off rocket ship.
She shuddered, as if a snake or a scorpion were creeping towards her.
He certainly had warmed a snake on his hearth, and how was he to be rid of it?
The Sokulks dwell north of the confluence of the snake and Columbia.
He saw the woman twined round him like a snake, not to be shaken off.
I was just lying down at full length when he caught sight of the snake.
Old English snaca, from Proto-Germanic *snakon (cf. Old Norse snakr "snake," Swedish snok, German Schnake "ring snake"), from PIE root *sneg- "to crawl, creeping thing" (cf. Old Irish snaighim "to creep," Lithuanian snake "snail," Old High German snahhan "to creep"). In Modern English, gradually replacing serpent in popular use.
Traditionally applied to the British serpent, as distinguished from the poisonous adder. Meaning "treacherous person" first recorded 1580s (cf. Old Church Slavonic gadu "reptile," gadinu "foul, hateful"). Applied from 17c. to various snake-like devices and appliances. Snakes! as an exclamation is from 1839.
Snake eyes in crap-shooting sense is from 1919. Snake oil is from 1927. Snake-bitten "unlucky" is sports slang from 1957, from a literal sense, perhaps suggesting one doomed by being poisoned. The game of Snakes and Ladders is attested from 1907. Snake charmer is from 1813. Snake pit is from 1883, as a supposed primitive test of truth or courage; figurative sense is from 1941. Phrase snake in the grass is from Virgil's Latet anguis in herba [Ecl. III:93].
1650s, "to twist or wind (hair) into the form of a snake," from snake (n.). The intransitive sense of "to move like a snake" is attested from 1848; that of "to wind or twist like a snake" (of roads, etc.) is from 1875. Related: Snaked; snaking.
: It's a very snafu set-up here
: He gave it a good shot, but snafued horribly
[WWII armed forces; fr situation normal, all fucked up]