Word + Quiz: huckster

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Word + Quiz: huckster

noun: a seller of shoddy goods

noun: a person who writes advertisements

verb: sell or offer for sale from place to place

verb: wrangle or haggle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)

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The word huckster has appeared in 16 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 2 in “Adam Neumann and the Art of Failing Up” by Amy Chozick:

The last 80 days have seen an implosion unlike any other in the history of start-ups. WeWork filed for an initial public offering with a prospectus that was quickly ridiculed for its incoherence; investors learned of several red-flag financial arrangements by Mr. Neumann; the company’s valuation plummeted; Mr. Neumann was forced to resign; and the I.P.O. was withdrawn. Once estimated to be worth $47 billion, WeWork was reduced to $7 billion, after a rescue by the Japanese giant SoftBank.

…. Whether Mr. Neumann was hailed as a visionary or denigrated as a huckster, he had always maintained a powerful hold on voting power within WeWork. At one point, his shares had been worth 20 votes each. To get control of his stake, SoftBank decided, it had to pay up.

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