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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOGUS

Save for subsiding bubbles, and the bogus water, there was nothing there.

In all such cases the heraldry should be true, and not of the "bogus" kind.

She must explain to me how that bogus money came into her possession.

By some fearful mischance I dropped a real despatch and not the bogus one.

Wall, I must say I like yer looks a heap better nor I did the bogus one!

It follows that if anything is base and bogus it is always labeled "American."

The fact is, I was prepared for the visit, and had filled the wallet with bogus bills.

Had the honest tradesman ever sold his grandfather a bogus watch?

He showed them the bogus bullet, and explained to them how it was made.

Do you mean that we are drinking a bogus Veuve-Cliquot over there?

WORD ORIGIN

1838, "counterfeit money, spurious coin," American English, apparently from a slang word applied (according to some sources first in Ohio in 1827) to a counterfeiter's apparatus.

Some trace this to tantrabobus, also tantrabogus, a late 18c. colloquial Vermont word for any odd-looking object, in later 19c. use "the devil," which might be connected to tantarabobs, recorded as a Devonshire name for the devil. Others trace it to the same source as bogey (n.1).

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