Mountebanks

A beautiful, explicit word

Describing unscrupulous folks

Who sell lies

For fame, fortune or power.

Pretenders

To special knowledge

These con types.

They are among us

Aplenty.

On the tubes, in print

These media mavens

Snare the gullible,

Resentful and naïve.

 

Ah, such boastful claims.

They require no real knowledge

Just anecdotal lore, myth

And half truths

To ply their trade.

 

And then they will

Write a book,

 

For even if they

Are caught out, this

Reveals their true knowledge

… of punctuation.

 

Theirs will no doubt be

The first book most of them have read

All the way through.

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