Where did the term “boondoggle” come from?

Where did the term “boondoggle” come from?

The boy scouts could make a ton of boondoggles with these!

It’s the most overused descriptive for public projects. I’ve heard it repeatedly over the last six months. But where does the term, “boondoggle” come from?

This is what I found on History.com. Click on the cite for the rest of the story. 🙂 And then afterwards, go vote!

“The Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang” defines a “boondoggle” as “an extravagant and useless project,” but behind the funny-sounding name is actual history. During the late 1920s and early 1930s, Boy Scouts at summer camps spent their days not only swimming and playing games but participating in the latest scouting craze in which boys braided and knotted colorful strands of plastic and leather to fashion lanyards, neckerchief slides and bracelets. According to the March 1930 issue of Scouting magazine, Eagle Scout Robert Link of Rochester, New York, coined the term for this new handicraft—“boondoggling.”

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