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Charlatan

After Charlie Sheen called a radio show to offer his opinions ...


When:

Lookups spiked on February 25, 2011.

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Why:

The actor Charlie Sheen called a radio show and offered his strong opinions on various subjects, including the creator and writer of "Two and a Half Men":

"And this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write."

A charlatan is a fraud or a faker. The word comes from Italian, where it means "a person who prattles or chatters" - a person whose words should not be believed.

(Charlatan was originally the name for a person from the village of Cerreto, Italy, but we're not sure how those villagers got a reputation for being untrustworthy.)



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