Words at Play : Top 10 Favorite British Words, Vol. 1

#4: Jiggery-pokery

Definition:

dishonest or suspicious activity; nonsense

Example:

"[Greece] flouted European Union rules on the limits to budget deficits; its national accounts were a moussaka of minced statistics, topped with a cheesy sauce of jiggery-pokery." – Jeff Randall, The Telegraph, May 20, 2010

About the word:

Jiggery-pokery is an alteration of joukery-pawkery. Both joukery and pawkery are English regionalisms for "trickery."

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