- trickery, Trickery, games; skulduggery. To "call", "claim" or "declare" shenanigans is to rhetorically and ironically label something as officially deceitful, improper, or otherwise incorrect.
Etymology: Uncertain in origin. These have been suggested:
- You should learn to spot their shenanigans and avoid being fooled.
- A deceitful confidence trick, or mischief causing discomfort or annoyance. Often the term is used in the plural: shenanigans. The word may have come from the Irish language, however in some regions, shenanigans can merely be harmless mischievous play, especially by children.
- "The advertisement said it would cost $50 but they charged me $75 at the register. I declare shenanigans." The speaker passes off the statement as having some sort of implied official effect, but in reality, it is simply a complaint.
- From Irish (term, sionnachuighim, lang=ga, , I play the fox),
- Shortened from of (term, charranada, , trick or deceit),
- German slang (term, schiníglen, lang=de),
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