Sunday, November 23, 2014


According to Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms (1859) - thank you Google -
Shecoonery is "a whimsical corruption of the word chicanery - used at the South."
I wager you this. Some sort of shecoonery is afoot.
Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy

The most interest thing about chicanery is that it traces back to French, and, surprisingly, stops there. Chicanery, trickery, is a French invention, not derived from some earlier Latin form. I doubt this mean that there was no chicanery in ancient Rome, but rather they called it fraud and assorted other wordes, but not chicanery, and certainly not shecoonery.

For more on Citizens Creek click:

No comments: