Shenanigans

This is another of my favorite “funny” words, funny in quotes because what it means is really not necessarily all that funny.

If you look at the ultimate source, Merriam-Webster dictionary the word has two meanings:

1. Secret or dishonest activity or maneuvering.
2. Silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief; prank.  In this context the word is generally used in the plural: shenanigans.
The second qualifies for funny, the first doesn’t really.
An example of the first meaning is the following headline found here.  The headline reads: Examples of Music Industry Shenanigans and implies that some dishonest conduct is going on there.
Another context in which the word is frequently used to mean dishonesty is in connection with finance, as in “financial shenanigans” (here).
Then there are the funny shenanigans as in: “the students engaged in shenanigans at the last day of school”
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One Comment to “Shenanigans”

  1. There is a very interesting book published by McGraw Hill entitled FINANCIAL SHENANIGANS.

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