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Word For The Day, Thursday, November 14, 2013 – mountebank
dictionaries ad nauseam | 14 November 2013 | Thursday's sub

Posted on 11/14/2013 4:39:32 AM PST by secret garden


In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

mountebank \ˈmau̇n-ti-ˌbaŋk\ noun
1. a person who sells quack medicines from a platform
2. a boastful unscrupulous pretender : charlatan

Example sentences:
In the more open spaces, jugglers and mountebanks, usually accompanied by performing animals, went through all sorts of gambols and antics.
—Lewis Spence

Swindlers and mountebanks throng hither, adroit thieves creep stealthily about, all Indian customs and fashions are represented, all castes jostle each other.
—Karl Ritter Van Scherzer

Etymology:
Italian montimbanco, from montare to mount + in in, on +banco, banca bench. First Known Use: 1577. Mountebank, pronounced "MOUN-tih-bank," has an interesting origin, in the Italian phrase "monta in banco." It describes a "doctor" who would "mount a bench" in the marketplace. Standing a bit higher than the crowd enabled people to hear his sales pitch and see the potions and powders he claimed were medical cures that never failed — claims as bogus as his credentials. A mountebank is a fast-talking crook pretending to be an expert.

The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....


Review Threads:

Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate

WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!


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1 posted on 11/14/2013 4:39:32 AM PST by secret garden
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To: secret garden; Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; MoochPooch; NeoCaveman; Conspiracy Guy; Laura Earl; ...

Rise and shine! Please let me know if you want to be added or dropped from the ping list and it will be as you wish.


2 posted on 11/14/2013 4:44:33 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden
Mountebank -- Finally, a word I can identify with.

Although actually, this definition:

1. a person who sells quack medicines from a platform
pretty obviously makes me think of a certain "if you like what you have you can keep what you have" thief.
3 posted on 11/14/2013 4:56:05 AM PST by NicknamedBob (If you voted for 0bama to show that you're not a racist, you're a racist. -- NicknamedMike)
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To: secret garden
Middleclass misery mounts from mountebanked "medical care"
"sold" to America by the (undocumented) Moslem Mahdi and his MSM.


4 posted on 11/14/2013 4:58:45 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: NicknamedBob
A for you!
5 posted on 11/14/2013 5:00:09 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: Diogenesis
A++ for you!
6 posted on 11/14/2013 5:00:41 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden; NeoCaveman
Obams takes his mountebanking to OH.
7 posted on 11/14/2013 5:02:19 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

Mountebank

Where the Mounte Police keep their money?


8 posted on 11/14/2013 5:05:10 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: xsmommy
A+ for you!
9 posted on 11/14/2013 5:14:34 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: count-your-change
A for you!
10 posted on 11/14/2013 5:15:12 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Ever heard “Medicine Show” by Big Audio Dynamite?

Covered wagon medicine show
Take you to the place where the healing flows
Weak in spirit we got the juice
won’t save your soul it’ll shine your shoes
Treated king to kangaroo
Santa Fe to Timbuktu
Don’t be fooled by imitation
This is the stuff that cured a nation
We took the tube and the high plains too
Never stopped long just passing through
A drop of the laughter of the maids of France
Makes a hopeless cripple dance

In India we’re all the rave
Discovered that its great as aftershave
Dropped in the sea just off Japan
Swapped 20 bottles for an aqua-walkman
Immunity from ridicule
Improves your brains if you’re a fool
And I read in the Middle East
They traded some for a hostage release
Now if you’re bald it’ll give you hair
If you got straight trousers it’ll give you flares
Feeling up you’ll get depressed
Out of style here’s a brand new dress

The stuff we sell is just the best
Passing all consumer test
Days of heaven nights of sin
Voodoo stick and sharks fin
When all around you seems like hell
Just one sip will make you well
Multipurpose in a jar
If you ain’t ill it’ll fix your car
In days of yore for all bad feelings
Washing socks and stripping ceilings
Nowadays its used medicinally
For all known human malady


11 posted on 11/14/2013 5:16:11 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: secret garden
Montebank -

the place where Canadian law enforcement officers keep their savings.

Montebank.


12 posted on 11/14/2013 5:19:17 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: tioga; NeoCaveman; Texan5
we are not the only ones who are disquieted by the perceived leftward drift of Pope Francis. of course Chaput has to say he is NOT criticizing the Pope, but he clearly has his finger precisely on the problem.
13 posted on 11/14/2013 5:20:39 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: MrB

excellent and i understood it on the first try before very much coffee was consumed!


14 posted on 11/14/2013 5:21:07 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

The Kenyan-born faker’s a mountebank
But it took five years for the clown to tank
Amidst hubris and lies
Obamacare dies
Music to my ears: the last sound—a clank!


15 posted on 11/14/2013 5:23:26 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree ( July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: MrB

See, now I would have said that that is where they get new Mounties from whenever they need more.


16 posted on 11/14/2013 5:23:29 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Diogenesis

There can be no other homework, after that.


17 posted on 11/14/2013 5:30:51 AM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America"you)
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To: secret garden

Keep me on the list, but please explain why EVERY “Word for the Day” brings that montebank, Obama, to mind?


18 posted on 11/14/2013 5:35:49 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; secret garden

Ooooops! Mountebank


19 posted on 11/14/2013 5:36:59 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SoothingDave
rival gangs?
20 posted on 11/14/2013 5:59:35 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

The shootees had previously engaged in a drug-related robbery of the shooter.


21 posted on 11/14/2013 6:04:17 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave
Definition without actually using the word, A+ for you.
I have workers here installing my new HVAC unit outside. The dogs are barking. It's 50 downstairs, INSIDE, and I brought the guys some hot chocolate outside because it's cold to work out there.
22 posted on 11/14/2013 6:11:45 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: MrB

You and c-y-c are on the same page today. A+ for you.


23 posted on 11/14/2013 6:13:15 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Bishop Smackdown delivers!


24 posted on 11/14/2013 6:14:58 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

Unforch, I couldn’t find the song on youtube. It’s pretty funny. They use sound effects from Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns throughout the song.


25 posted on 11/14/2013 6:15:00 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

A+ for you! The minions are being dragged to reality, kicking and screaming all the way.


26 posted on 11/14/2013 6:16:07 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We had the same problem when the clintonistas were in office. So many words for evil...


27 posted on 11/14/2013 6:17:15 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave
Here's one version.
28 posted on 11/14/2013 6:19:46 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

That’s it!

Note the drumbeat at the end of every line is actually a laugh.


29 posted on 11/14/2013 6:37:42 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

one of my work friends left for Iceland last night. She’s single, no kids, and a friend wanted someone to go on a trip with her. $800 for airfare and hotel and two excursions, one to a glacier, and another to the hot springs. Of course, there are only 5 hours of daylight at this time of year, but it still sounded cool to me to be able to just up and do something like that.


30 posted on 11/14/2013 6:48:33 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Glacier? Haven’t they all melted?


31 posted on 11/14/2013 6:51:43 AM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America"you)
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To: xsmommy

Criticism that Chaput had publicly faulted Francis as voicing tolerant views toward homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and artificial contraception, all of which the Catholic Church has long opposed, is “not fair,” he said.

“I was not criticizing the Holy Father,” Chaput said of remarks in June to the National Catholic Reporter.

“What I brought up was that I’m aware there are people who are critical of the Holy Father” for perceived liberalism on some issues, “and that it’s important that he talk to them, too.

“That is the fact,” said the archbishop. “I’ve never been critical of the Holy Father and would never speak ill of him.”

A priest of the Capuchin branch of the Franciscan order, Chaput described as “a great freshness, a great blessing for the church,” Francis’ call for greater care for the poor and openness to those who feel excluded from the church for reasons such as sexual orientation or divorce and remarriage.

I didn’t read it the way you did.

He sounds more like what I said.


32 posted on 11/14/2013 6:58:08 AM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America"you)
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To: hobbes1

oh i don’t think he sounds like what you said at all, considering he is being named as a CRITIC of the new pope. what you quoted there is his CYA, so that he doesn’t come off as sounding insubordinate.


33 posted on 11/14/2013 7:00:19 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

I read the mans words, not those of the headline writer.


34 posted on 11/14/2013 7:09:05 AM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America"you)
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To: xsmommy
Criticism that Chaput had publicly faulted Francis as voicing tolerant views toward homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and artificial contraception, all of which the Catholic Church has long opposed, is "not fair,"

Chaput described as "a great freshness, a great blessing for the church," Francis' call for greater care for the poor and openness to those who feel excluded from the church for reasons such as sexual orientation or divorce and remarriage.

Did I somehow read that wrong?

the message has been clear from the git go. Stop helping the media keep people out of the doors of The Church,

35 posted on 11/14/2013 7:14:35 AM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "St.Sarah, the1Tru Conservative that REFUSES to unite us and Save America"you)
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To: xsmommy

New unit set outside, guy is smoking around gas line, not smart and it’s still 50 degrees in here with dog barking. I hope this job is done soon. And that I get some heat in here.


36 posted on 11/14/2013 7:14:50 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: hobbes1

one can applaud his fresh approach and still decry his liberal orientation. i think Chaput has said enough to indicate his unease with the liberal orientation, while welcoming the fresh and dewy openness to the poor and downtrodden.


37 posted on 11/14/2013 7:20:45 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

yikes, what is he THINKING????


38 posted on 11/14/2013 7:21:13 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Now I have what looks like 2 teenagers working on my gas line. I’m going to stop checking on them because it is not giving me confidence. The other one who asked for a bottle of water because he was under the weather is the smoker. He said he needed to stay hydrated. I thought that was only part of the problem but buttoned my lip.


39 posted on 11/14/2013 7:25:55 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Bless his heart though, I do love Southern manners. Ma’am, could I trouble you for some water? Not only did I rinse his gatorade jug, but gave him the filtered stuff. His mom raised him right.


40 posted on 11/14/2013 7:27:50 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden

that is always nice to hear : )


41 posted on 11/14/2013 7:28:44 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

Ain’t you got a spigot outside for the hose? ;-)


42 posted on 11/14/2013 7:31:53 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy

And taught him to learn some skills and get a good job.


43 posted on 11/14/2013 7:32:31 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

would hope she would have turned the water off from inside the house given the freezing and sub freezing temps in the AMs they have had.


44 posted on 11/14/2013 7:34:55 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

There were ice cubes on the end of the hose earlier. It’s 30 out there.


45 posted on 11/14/2013 7:35:52 AM PST by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

Now that is a trip I’d love to take. Actually I’d rather do it in January for the Northern Lights.


46 posted on 11/14/2013 7:49:58 AM PST by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: NeoCaveman

well that is something they hope to see this trip as well, so it must be a possibility even now. i’ll let you know how it was when she comes in on Monday. 6 hour flight from here, and 5 hour time diff. She leaves there at 5pm on Sunday and arrives here at 6pm on Sunday!


47 posted on 11/14/2013 7:53:31 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
She leaves there at 5pm on Sunday and arrives here at 6pm on Sunday!

That's better than when I fly to Chicago. Leave at 8:05 arrive at 8:10

Do let me know how she liked the trip. That is one I really want to take and some future November, I might be able to pull it off.

48 posted on 11/14/2013 7:55:43 AM PST by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: secret garden; SoothingDave

once probably 20+ yrs ago in the old house we forgot to turn the water off and it was an expensive fix to repair the burst pipe and drywall. i was on xshub’s back a few weeks back when they forecast below freezing temps to make sure he’d shut it off.


49 posted on 11/14/2013 7:56:05 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: secret garden

we had my friend Maia and her hub and 2 little girls over for dinner on Tues evening, along with the law prof who works for xshub. it was great fun. the 5 and 3 year olds got over their shyness enough to eat in the dining room at the KIDS TABLE with xsbaby, xsteen and her fiance, while their parents ate in the kitchen, with xshub and i and the prof. it was a rare treat for them to be able to sit and eat and have adult conversation. xsgirls reported on the conversations and it was hilarious. First off, Mirabelle, the older sis was as big of a BOSS as xsteen was to xsbaby apparently, and Neve, the 3 yo would just say stuff and Mirabelle would correct her and say, Actually, that’s not true! they really identified with the big sis/little sis dynamics. The other funny thing was xsfiance came right from work and so was wearing a suit, and so the girls said you’re a daddy, bc he was wearing daddy clothes! their other concern was when xsboy was going to get home for dinner! all three Senior pix hang in the dining room, so they asked about xsboy and they told the girls that he was “at school”, so they were concerned that it was dark out and when was he going to come home to EAT!
oh and Maia, in the midst of our adult conversation must have had her ear cocked to the diningroom bc she put her hands over her mouth and said OMG i think neve is chanting FART FART FART in there! we roared, and after dinner xsgirls reported that indeed she was, and xsbaby mildly reproved saying, i don’t think that’s appropriate dinner conversation! it was a very fun evening, and it was a school night, which made it all the more out of the ordinary.


50 posted on 11/14/2013 8:04:51 AM PST by xsmommy
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