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In another language post inspired by the facebook and google interaction with one calling another bad at privacy concerns…. I think of the phrase “the pot calling the kettle black”.   There’s a Wikipedia entry for the phrase with a list of other languages that have the same sentiment.  Faves are:

What're you looking at longears?

  • The blackbird to crow: “black tail!”
  • The thief shouting robber.
  • One donkey calls the other longears.
  • The owl says the sparrow has a large head.
  • A rag speaking ill of cloth.
  • Eye wax laughing at the snot
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word: skulduggery

Tricky tricky.  Dishonest trickery.

The Mercury News has an article on the revelation that Facebook was using a negative PR campaign against Google’s privacy policies.  All that fighting amongst billionaires aside, what I noticed was the word skulduggery.  Sound vaguely familiar, but had to look it up.

The Free Dictionary has this:  skull·dug·ger·y or skul·dug·ger·y n. pl. skull·dug·ger·ies or skul·dug·ger·ries
1. Crafty deception or trickery or an instance of it.

While Dictionary.com has this:   –noun, plural -ger·ies.
1. dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery:bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery.
2. an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.

And going back a few centuries (according to Etymonline), it comes from the Scottish sculdudrie which meant adultery.   Somewhere along the lines it also gained an extra “l”, probably because we know the word “skull”…. so skullduggery is an alternate, acceptable spelling.

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