SNOLLYGOSTER

An accidental and timely discovery in Robert Hendrickson's Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins (Checkmark Books, 1997)
  1. "One very rarely hears this word today, but in the 19th century it was a common Americanism for "a pretentious boaster."
  2. "The word is probably a fanciful formation coined by some folk poet who liked its appropriate sound; it is first recorded in 1862."
  3. "A Georgia editor defined a snollygoster as a "fellow who wants office regardless of party, platform or principles, and who, whenever he wins, gets there by the sheer force of monumental talknophical assumacy."
  4. "The type is still common, even if the word isn't."