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Monday, August 30, 2010

Definitions for shenanigan

  1. Mischief; prankishness.
  2. Remarks intended to deceive; deceit. Often used in the plural.

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Citations for shenanigan
For his latest shenanigan, he had been sentenced to three days in the boiler room. Jim Holland, Escaping the Underground
But he couldn't get traction, couldn't win over the local GOP establishment, and eventually fell victim to another shenanigan. Ralph Routon, "Primary's missing ingredient," Colorado Springs Indpendent, July, 2010.
Origin of shenanigan
1850-1855
Shenanigan's origin is a mystery. The first recorded usage was in California. Possible sources for the term include Spanish, German and Iroquois.