Notes: I didn’t know this word, but it is useful
Pronounced: pa-RUHR-gahn, noun
The word boondoggle means
- work of little or no value done to keep or look busy
- a “make work” project, often based on favoritism
This word came into English in the 1930s
Background / Comments
It is known that this is an Americanism, but the exact origin is unclear: something that is a “boon” is a favor that is sought or a benefit.