My dearest daughter suggested this word of the week, because she thought it was such a fun word to say. 😉
This will be rather quick, because etymologists aren’t entirely sure where it came from, LOL. What they can tell you for certain is that it’s been both a noun and a verb first recorded in 1703, bearing the same meaning that it does today.
But where did it come from? That’s a bit of a mystery. It could be from the Scottish bombaze, which means “confound or perplex.” But it could also be from the French embabouiner, which means “to make a fool of.” (Literally, “baboon.”)
Either way, this “cheat, swindle” word is a lot of fun to say. 😉
I can sure see it meaning either of those. 🙂
We should strive to bring back some of these 'old-fashioned' words into our vocabulary. Liven it up a bit. Bravo to Xoe for thinking of this one!