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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 11, 2020 is:

shill • SHIL  • verb

1 : to act as a decoy especially for a gambler or pitchman

2 : to act as a spokesperson or promoter

Examples:

After his retirement from professional football, the quarterback shilled for a brand of charcoal briquettes in a popular series of commercials.

“Reporter Jessica Wohl looked at the actors, musicians, athletes and comedians who’ve shilled for multiple brands between 2010 and 2019, largely drawing on Ad Age’s archives and coverage. The stars had to have hawked various products in numerous ads and campaigns, as opposed to occasional big-league Super Bowl commercials.” — Nicole Lyn Pesce, Market Watch, 19 Dec. 2019

Did you know?

Someone who shills today may very well be employed to simply extol the wonders of legitimate products. But in the early 1900s, when the first uses of the verb shill were documented, it was more likely that anyone hired to shill was trying to con you into parting with some cash. Practitioners called shills did everything from faking big wins at casinos (to promote gambling) to pretending to buy tickets (to encourage people to see certain shows). Shill is thought to be a shortened form of shillaber, but etymologists have found no definitive evidence of where that longer term originated.

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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