The word toady comes from ‘toad-eater’: a quack's or mountebank 's assistant who would eat, or pretend to eat, a toad so he could be cured by the medicine man.
And you, editors of my beloved Book Review, without which no weekend would be complete, should be ashamed, deeply so, for giving this mountebank such unwarranted attention.
What could that mountebank of a preacher have said to turn his mind so?
He has been described as a ‘a mountebank , a charlatan and a scribbler’ by one author, although others see him as a proto-social scientist.
He was, in fact, a charlatan, a mountebank , a zany without any shame or dignity.
He is a mountebank and a racist.
All along, he was an audacious mountebank and a mendacious bully, who knew almost nothing about actual existing communism and who never identified a single Soviet agent.
Is this not the age of the mountebank , of the spin-doctor and his big lies?
A lifestyle guru is a modern sort of mountebank , selling quack advice instead of false medicines.
Whitman, so deeply sensuous that his poetry has the emotive compulsion of the fairground mountebank , was famous enough to be used in advertisements.