Posted by ESC on September 26, 2003
In Reply to: Shennanigans posted by Patrick on September 26, 2003
: Can anyone throw some light on the origin of the above? Someone has suggested it is a derivation of arabic and means 'to play the fox'.
Here are a few more theories:
SHENANIGAN - "n. 1855, of uncertain origin. Spanish 'chanada' (a shortened form of 'charranada') trick or deceit, is a possible source, or less likely, German peddler's argo 'Schenigelei' work, craft, or the German slang verb 'schinaglen' to toil." From "The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology" by Robert K. Barnhart (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1995).