The Closing Word: Wangle

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (WANG-gull)

an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery

1. achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
2. tamper, with the purpose of deception

From “Wangle, which rhymes with tangle is similar in meaning to manipulate, although wangle has a more informal feel. The word’s playful sound hints at its origin — it came into English as slang. In the 1880s it was coined by British printers who used their skills to wangle, or fake, an image to look like something else. That tradition endures today with untrustworthy magazines that wangle photos of celebrities to deceive readers.”

“I told the seller it was dangerous to try and wangle his way around making the necessary repairs by making cosmetic-only upgrades, especially when he had a duty to report known issues with the home.”

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