Word of the Day


Pronunciation /ˈʃlɛntə/
South African
Not genuine; counterfeit.
South African
1 A fake diamond.
1.1 An illegal or dishonest scheme.
1.2 A confidence trickster.
[with object]informal South African
Achieve or acquire by underhand means.

From Dutch and Afrikaans slenter ‘trick’. The sch- probably reflects Yiddish influence in the 19th century in diamond mining.


This is schlenter money. I won’t try to trick you. I have never lived in South Africa nor visited.

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