What is she talking about now?

What is she talking about now?

I bet you’re thinking, “There she goes, again! She’s fabricifercating inventified words. How does she do it?”

I wish I knew.

But “snollygoster” is a gift from the anals  annals of the English language. In other words, it’s an actual word.

I know! I had the same reaction! Yo, Primo extreme, Jelly Bean.

I want you to impress your coworkers, family and friends. And nothing cranks up a conversation more than casually throwing in a word like “snollygaster” into the fray.

But you have to do it properly, otherwise people will just look at you like you’re nuts. Oh heck, they’ll probably do that anyway, but at least you’ll know you used this actual word properly.

Was that a bad word? That sounded like a bad word.

Was that a bad word? That sounded like a bad word.

It’s not a bad word. It’s a noun describing a type of person.

To make this interesting (as if this hasn’t already been the most fascinating thing in your day so far), I’m going to show you some pictures–a line up–of possible snollygasters. At the end of the post give you the definition and tell you which picture was the right one. But you try to guess. Okay?

Okay!

Come on, Fellas. I can't help it if you lose both heads when I'm around. But there's no need to call me names.

Come on, Fellas. I can’t help it if you lose both heads when I’m around. But there’s no need to call me names.

Achem. No one is supposed to pay attention to these proceedings. And the snack tray is held up between North and South Korea. They argue about everything.

Achem. No one is supposed to pay attention to these proceedings. And the snack tray is held up between North and South Korea. They argue about everything.

Hey, for you, I'll even throw in a tire repair kit. Not that your're gonna need it, or nothin'...

She’s a real beauty. And I’m givin’ you a heck of deal. Okay, for you, I’ll even throw in a tire repair kit. Not that you’re gonna need it, or nothin’…

I'm not happy. No I'm not. You could have spent more time on a good comb-over for my hair. I've got more lift-off than the Space Shuttle!

I’m not happy. No I’m not. You could have spent more time on a good comb-over for my hair. I’ve got more lift-off than the Space Shuttle!

So, which of these characters is most likely to be our snollygaster:  Vamp, Disgusting Guy, Scheister, or Complainer?

If you guessed the used car salesman or scheister, you are right on the money! Dictionary.com defines a snollygaster as a clever, unscrupulous person.

Now wedge yourself into a conversation and drop the snollygaster bomb on some folks. I’m sure something interesting will happen…

"Snollygaster?" Really? I know you have long hair covering your face, but do you see what I have instead of hands? Do you really want to mess with me?

“Snollygaster?” Really? I know you have long hair covering your face, but do you see what I have instead of hands? Do you really want to mess with me?