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Snake oil

Post by weasel666 on Fri 13 Jan 2017, 01:45



Snake oil, originally a fraudulent liniment without snake extract, has come to refer to any product with questionable or unverifiable quality or benefit. By extension, a snake oil salesman is someone who knowingly sells fraudulent goods or who is themselves a fraud, quack, or charlatan. A snake oil recipe from the 18th century, printed in Spain The use of snake oil long predates the 19th century. In Europe, viper oil had been commonly recommended for many afflictions, including the ones for which rattlesnake oil was subsequently favored (e.g., rheumatism and skin diseases). wrote:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_oil

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