Word of the Day: ShenaniganApril 9, 2008 at 7:13 am | Posted in Language | 1 Comment
Tags: Learning English
Main Entry: she·nan·i·gan
Etymology: origin unknown
1: a devious trick used especially for an underhand purpose2 a: tricky or questionable practices or conduct —usually used in plural b: high-spirited or mischievous activity —usually used in plural
It seems it can also be applied to people:
If Perez Hilton plays nice, he could name his price
By Andrew Wallenstein
April 9, 2008
The Oprah comparison certainly smacks of delusional grandeur, and yet it’s not so easy to dismiss, either. As for overcoming his original sleazy incarnation, it’s worth noting that Winfrey didn’t exactly start out as squeaky clean as she currently is, trafficking in the same kind of talk-show shenanigans as Jerry Springer earlier in her own career.
Dict.cc suggests Schwindel, Streich – maybe Mogelpackung would also work.