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flimflam

Postby eberntson » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:46 am

noun
1 [mass noun] nonsensical or insincere talk:
pseudo-intellectual flimflam

2a confidence trick:
flimflams perpetrated against us by our elected officials

Src: OED

I have always like this word, it gives a great sensation when spoken. Plus all the flimflam-man movies and other tricksters. It has a Norse origin apparently.
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Re: flimflam

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:08 pm

Flimflam,
I'm in a jam!
Levee broke,
Like opening a dam
Log floats by
Like battering ram.
Lady rows by,
Thank you ma'am.
(with apologies to MTC)
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Re: flimflam

Postby Philip Hudson » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:52 pm

Some flimflam men can be redeemed. Witness Professor Harold Hill in Meredith Willson's "The Music Man", arguably the second greatest Broadway Musical - after "South Pacific", which is surely number one.
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Re: flimflam

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:55 pm

I put My Fair Lady as number one, and my wife prefers Sound of Music. South Pacific is right up there though.
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