Trel (trellia_chan) wrote in 1word1day,

Wednesday word: boondoggle

boondoggle: [boon-dog-uh l]


1. A product of simple manual skill such as a plaited leather cord necklace, often made by a camper or a boy or girl scout.

2. Work of little to no value that is done to keep or look busy.  Busywork.

3. A project funded by the federal government that is of no real value to the community or the nation.


4. (used with a person or object)  To deceive or try to deceive.

5. (used without a person or object) To do work of no value just to keep or look busy.

Origin:  First known use, America 1930-1935.  For definition 1, this was said to have been coined by an American scoutmaster named R.H. Link.

Tags: american, b, noun, political, verb, wordsmith: trellia_chan

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