Have you ever stopped to wonder why the word amount looks like mountain?
This word comes from an Italian term meaning literally "to mount on a bench." In the 1570s, a street doctor--a man selling fake medicines--would leap up onto a bench so that everyone could see him, and then he'd shout out to everyone about his medicines and how they'd cure anything. These quack salesmen were the original mountebanks.
Consumer Health Digest this week slammed several mountebanks who, despite being banned by their government from practicing health services, still hawk herbal remedies to people with serious illnesses.
Explain the meaning of "mountebank" without saying "swindler" or "con artist."
Fill in the blanks: "Some mountebank is charging $_____ for (some product), claiming it (does something highly unlikely)."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. A few near opposites of MOUNTEBANKISH are
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