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Chouse- a zenword with Criminal Intent

by zenwords staff

zenwords, vocabulary with criminal intentFor the next two weeks we’ll be focusing on Zenwords from the other side of the law – Zenwords with Criminal Intent. We’ll meet sneak thieves, cheats, whores, grifters, and a politican or two,..so keep your hand on your purse!

Here’s a Mark Twain favorite……….

Chouse (chaus) v. To cheat or trick; to drive or herd in a rough manner.

It irritated Claudia that her firm would try to chouse her out of a promised pay raise.

 WORD HISTORY – According to YourDictionary.com, Chouse (rhymes with blouse), is derived from the Turkish word chiaus – the word for an offical in the Turkish Ottoman empire. Chouse began to mean ‘to cheat or swindle’ after a Turkish interperter swindled some London merchants in the early 17th century.

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Susan February 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Would love to know the etymology for that one! Rhymes with clause?

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zenwords February 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Great question Susan! I just updated with a Word History. Thanks for the reminder :)

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