Word of the Week Wednesday: skullduggery


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: skullduggery.

Skullduggery is an uncommon and somewhat folksy-sounding word for trickery, deceit and dirty dealing.

Being that it’s close to Halloween, I figured a word that starts with “skull” would be fitting.

For me, I get a sense of mischief from the word.  It very much reminds me of the incantation for the Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter: “I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good.”

In truth, the word is actually quite a bit more serious than that, and tends to be used as such.  But it has a sound to it that I find hard to take too seriously.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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