ackamarackus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Pseudo-latin, possibly coined by Damon Runyan

Noun[edit]

ackamarackus (uncountable)

  1. Meaningless activity engaged in just for show; deceptive nonsense.
    • 1947, Emanuel W. Robson & ‎Mary Major Robson, The world is my cinema, page 109:
      This story of coal miners (John Wayne and Randolph Scott) who become coal-owners and rivals for the affections of La Dietrich is the purest and oldest ackamarackus.
    • 2012, Thomas D. Bryson, The Psychotic Preschoolers, ISBN 1477259392, page 81:
      His beady noggin had visions of floggens as he zeroed in on the new ackamarackus.
    • 2014, Paul Christopher Johnson, Spirited Things, ISBN 022612293X, page 136:
      Does the radio priest want to make a killing and leave town before his ministrations are revealed as ackamarackus?

Usage notes[edit]

Typically used in the phrase "the old ackamarackus".