Origin of the term shyster
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Origin of the term shyster supplementary information by Gerald Leonard Cohen

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Published by P. Lang in Frankfurt am Main, New York .
Written in English



  • New York (N.Y.),
  • United States,
  • New York (State)


  • Walsh, Mike, 1810-1859 -- Language.,
  • Shyster (The English word),
  • English language -- Slang -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.,
  • Publishers and publishing -- United States -- Biography.,
  • Politicians -- New York (State) -- Biography.,
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government -- To 1898.

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Edition Notes

StatementGerald Leonard Cohen.
SeriesForum Anglicum,, Bd. 13
LC ClassificationsPE1599.S59 C64 1984
The Physical Object
Pagination110 p. :
Number of Pages110
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2624080M
ISBN 103820480315
LC Control Number85192094

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SHYSTER Meaning: "unscrupulous lawyer," , U.S. slang, probably altered from German Scheisser "incompetent worthless See definitions of shyster. Q From Annie Grieshop; a related question came from Morandir Armson: In a recent online discussion about singing masters and hymn-book salesmen of the 19th century, the word shyster was used to describe certain members of that fraternity. Someone objected to the term as anti-Semitic. And now, of course, all sorts of opinions and etymologies are popping up. Shyster definition, a lawyer who uses unprofessional or questionable methods. See more. Shyster definition is - a person who is professionally unscrupulous especially in the practice of law or politics: pettifogger.

  We will cover all sides of the origin of the term below, including the one most people are looking for that relates to a progressive push toward tolerance in culture and how this can have both positive and negative impacts on society. The Origin of the . (Origin: Yiddish (ie:European Jewish)) 1. A lawyer with tenuous morals 2. A dishonest person- usually a man. You can see how Shyster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shyster family name was found in the USA in In there were 7 Shyster families living in New York. This was % of all the recorded Shyster's in the USA. New . Publication Type: book reviews Publication Year: Publication Bibliography: Gerald Leonard Cohen, ‘Origin of the Term “Shyster”’, Language, vol number 4, December , pp. Publication Reference Link.

  Someone who acts in a disreputable, unethical, or unscrupulous way, especially in the practice of law and politics. Synonym: pettifogger , Sinclair Lewis, chapter 4, in Babbitt: True, it was a good advertisement at Boosters' Club lunches, and all the varieties of Annual Banquets to which Good Fellows were invited, to speak sonorously of Unselfish. shyster (shī′stər) n. Slang An unethical, unscrupulous practitioner, especially of law. [Probably alteration of German Scheisser, son of a bitch, bastard, from scheissen, to defecate, from Middle High German schīzen, from Old High German skīzzan; see skei- in Indo-European roots.] shy′sterism n. shyster (ˈʃaɪstə) n informal chiefly US a. Shyster definition: If you refer to someone, especially a lawyer or politician, as a shyster, you mean that | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples.   As Garner points out, however, the word shyster "has long been an enigma to English-language etymologists." But the enigma was "conclusively" solved in when one Gerald Cohen wrote Origin of the Term "Shyster." Shyster, it turns out, was born, of all places, here in New York City.