Word of the Day: Bamboozle

/bamˈbo͞ozəl/, transitive verb:

1. to cheat, trick or fool

If you ever lure me with your lying flatteries,
and I find satisfaction in myself,
if you bamboozle me with pleasure,
then let this be my final day! (lines 133 -136)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

2. to deceive, bewilder, mystify

“…If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us…” Carl Sagan, American astrophysicist