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    snake oil peddler

    Which of these terms can be used for people who sell overpriced health products out of the trunk and promise that they can cure any disease?

    snake oil peddler
    highbinder
    carpetbagger
    legerdemainist
    gyp artist
    fiddler
    juggler
    diddler

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    Re: snake oil peddler

    In what situation do you plan to use whichever word you choose?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: snake oil peddler

    Have you noticed that I keep moving these posts of yours out of Ask a Teacher as they are of no interest to the average ESL student?

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    #4

    Re: snake oil peddler

    Quote Originally Posted by Do228 View Post
    Which of these terms can be used for people who sell overpriced health products out of the trunk and promise that they can cure any disease?
    I have never encountered one of those.
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    #5

    Re: snake oil peddler

    One word alone is insufficient. Go with diddling, highbinding legerdemainist.
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    #6

    Re: snake oil peddler

    Only snake oil salesman is in current use. The others all sound dated.

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    Re: snake oil peddler

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Only snake oil salesman is in current use. The others all sound dated.
    Or even invented. I suppose Do228 found them somewhere, but a quick look at Google ngrams would have shown that a couple of them at least are practically unknown and nearly all are a hundred years or more out of date.

    Note that "juggler" is a common word for a person who can juggle, and "fiddler" means fiddle player; violinist. I'm confident that none of the ngram results for that word come from anything other than a musical context.

    Do228, please don't waste our time with any more such absurd queries. Look the words up first. If you find credible instances of their use in the context you're interested in, feel free to ask for advice.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 17-Mar-2019 at 04:15.
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    Re: snake oil peddler

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    One word alone is insufficient. Go with diddling, highbinding legerdemainist.
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    #9

    Re: snake oil peddler

    Quote Originally Posted by Do228 View Post
    Which of these terms can be used for people who sell overpriced health products out of the trunk and promise that they can cure any disease?

    snake oil peddler This is correct.
    highbinder This is too general. Look it up.
    carpetbagger This doesn't fit at all. Look it up.
    legerdemainist This is doesn't fit (look it up!), and I've never heard anyone use it.
    gyp artist This is too general, and it insults gypsies.
    fiddler This is a musician.
    juggler This is a person who tosses a lot of things in the air at once while riding a unicycle and spinning plates on sticks.
    diddler This doesn't fit, either, and I've never heard anyone use it. Maybe the British do. Look it up!
    This is fun, but you really should be using a dictionary.
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    Re: snake oil peddler

    It's obvious that Do228 is partly joking, partly trolling us. At least it's slightly amusing, most of the time.

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