MEANING: noun: A shrewd, unprincipled person.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin, perhaps an alteration of snallygaster, a mythical creature said to prey on poultry and children, possibly from Pennsylvania Dutch schnelle geeschter, from German schnell (quick) + Geist (spirit). Earliest documented use: 1846.

NOTES: According to a Georgia editor, “A snollygoster is 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 assumnacy.”

'S NOLLY-GO-STIR - when the lawyer says you're pleading nolo contendere and the best you can hope for is a jail sentence

SNOLLYNG OSTER - a blender making an angry, aggressive noise

SNOLLY GO STERN - Ahoy there, Yacht Snolly, reverse engines!