...a CARPETBLAGGER ? (see the Word for just this past May 31)



MEANING: An opportunistic outsider, especially a political candidate who contests election in an area while having little connection to it.

ETYMOLOGY: In the US, the term was applied to a Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War during the Reconstruction era. Such a person typically carried his belongings in a bag made of old carpet. Earliest documented use: 1868.

CARPETBRAGGER - Well, my oriental rug is 36 by 48 feet, and 3500 years old, and sold at auction for $350,000!

CARETBAGGER - packager of insert marks

CARPE.BAGGER - Seize the kid who puts your groceries into the sack!