ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: mountebank

mountebank (moun′tə-băngk′), noun,
1.  A person who sells quack medicines in public places, attracting potential customers with stories, jokes, and tricks.
2. A flamboyant charlatan; an unscrupulous pretender.

Etymology: Italian, from montambanco, one who climbs on a bench.

A good word to keep in mind during a presidential race.
Tags: italian, m, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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