MEANING: adjective: Relating to political corruption.

ETYMOLOGY: After Tammany Hall in New York City, former home of the New York County Democratic Party, which was known for corruption. Earliest documented use: 1872.

NOTES: Tamanend or Tammany was a wise and peaceful Delaware Indian chief who became known as the “patron saint” of America. Many social clubs and societies were named after him. Tammany Hall in New York was one such place that evolved into a political machine notorious for its corruption. It was active from 1789-1967.

TAMPANY - kettle drums (past tense)

TARMANY - like Br'er Fox's trap for Br'er Rabbit, after he grew up

YAMMANY - a whole lot of sweet potatoes