Bogus
   Be careful of those who think they know the etymology of bogus. The dictionary defines bogus as counterfeit or spurious. No matter how you consider it, that which is bogus is a fake. The prestigious Oxford English Dictionary backs an ex-Vermonter's story of a machine that made counterfeit coins that was clubbed a "bogus" in Ohio in 1827; and then connects it with tantrabogus, a Vermont word for bogeyman. Or did it derive from a Scots-gypsy word for counterfeit—boghus? H. L. Mencken surmised that bogus might be of French origin, possibly coining from bagasse or bogue. Another opinion appeared in the Boston Daily Courier on June 12, 1857: "The word bogus, we believe, is a corruption of the name of one Borghese, a very corrupt individual, who, twenty years ago, did a tremendous business in the way of supplying the great west, and portions of the southwest, with a vast amount of counterfeit bills, and bills of fictitious banks, which never had an existence out of the forgetive brain of him, the said Borghese. The western people who are rather rapid in their talk, when excited, soon fell into the habit of shortening the Norman name of Borghese to the more handy name of Bogus, and his bills and all other bills of like character were universally styled bogus currency." It might be that among these conjectures is the real thing—the genuine bogus.

Dictionary of eponyms. . 2013.

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  • bogus — bo‧gus [ˈbəʊgəs ǁ ˈboʊ ] adjective informal LAW not real, but dishonestly pretending to be something or someone: • They issue certificates of deposits, often based on fictitious assets such as bogus gold mines. • bogus claims of injury by their… …   Financial and business terms

  • Bogus — can mean: *Not genuine; spurious *Of computer programs, not working * Bogus (film), a 1996 film starring Whoopi Goldberg *Bogus Basin mountain resort in Idaho *Mr. Bogus, a 1992 animationee also*BogoMips *Bogon *Bogosort *Quantum bogodynamics …   Wikipedia

  • bogus — I adjective affected, artificial, counterfeit, false, phony, sham, spurious, unauthentic, ungenuine, unreal, untrue associated concepts: bogus ceremony, bogus certificate, bogus check II index assumed (feigned) …   Law dictionary

  • Bogus — Données clés Réalisation Norman Jewison Scénario Norman Jewison Arnon Milchan Jeff Rothberg Acteurs principaux Whoopi Goldberg Gérard Depardieu Haley Joel Osment Pays d’origine États Unis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bogus — 1838, counterfeit money, spurious coin, Amer.Eng., apparently from a slang word applied (according to some sources first in Ohio in 1827) to a counterfeiter s apparatus. One bogus or machine impressing dies on the coin, with a number of dies,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bogus — Bo gus, a. [Etymol. uncertain.] Spurious; fictitious; sham; a cant term originally applied to counterfeit coin, and hence denoting anything counterfeit. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bogus — Bo gus, n. A liquor made of rum and molasses. [Local, U. S.] Bartlett. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • BOGUS — Rex Maurusiorum, Antonii partes sequebatur in Actiaca pugna. Strab. l. 8 …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • bogus — adj *counterfeit, spurious, fake, sham, pseudo, pinchbeck, phony Analogous words: fraudulent, deceitful, deceptive (see corresponding nouns at IMPOSTURE): duping, hoaxing, gulling, hoodwinking (see DUPE) Contrasted words: *authentic, genuine,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bogus — [adj] counterfeit artificial, dummy, ersatz, fake, false, fictitious, forged, fraudulent, imitation, not what it is cracked up to be*, phony, pretended, pseudo, sham, simulated, spurious; concept 582 Ant. authentic, genuine, real …   New thesaurus

  • bogus — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not genuine or true. DERIVATIVES bogusly adverb bogusness noun. ORIGIN originally US, denoting a machine for making counterfeit money: of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

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