from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deceitful trick; an underhanded act.
- n. Remarks intended to deceive; deceit. Often used in the plural.
- n. A playful or mischievous act; a prank.
- n. Mischief; prankishness. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Trickery, games; skulduggery. To "call", "claim" or "declare" shenanigans is to rhetorically label something as officially deceitful, improper, or otherwise incorrect.
- n. A deceitful confidence trick, or mischief causing discomfort or annoyance.
- n. Mischievous play, especially by children.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nonsense; humbug; deceit: as, now, no shenanigan about this.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
- n. the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
So, I'm going to call shenanigan s on this article.
Of course, this kind of shenanigan isn't new in Venezuela: fifteen months ago, Chavez was defeated in his first attempt to abolish term limits after a campaign that saw its share of abuses.
This makes me wonder: What exactly is a "shenanigan" anyway?
Though my OED says the etymology of the word is unknown, according to Wikipedia, that bastion of factoids, 'shenanigan' possibly originates from the Irish sionnachuighim, meaning "I play the fox."
Now, fair and gentle reader, this was the poetry, and you see for yourself that there was no "shenanigan" in that letter; and if a fellow
Touch it lightly, as far as money is concerned, though, for it is well to reserve the code of justice in the matter of quartz ledges -- that is, consider them all (and their owners) guilty (of "shenanigan") until they are proved innocent.
This kind of shenanigan has been going on for ages, in every industry.
Ironic that the most 'shenanigan' of the House, the guy who always reminds me of the Joker, or Sideshow Bob, has a bullet shot through his window.
Friday night shenanigans are well-underway, but I must say, the word "shenanigan" has far too frivolous a tone for what is actually happening.
Although being overtired and giddy can cause us to act out, so there is definite shenanigan potential.