I have acquired the definition of a word that sounds as if it was created by me, but alas, someone got to it first. My dear friend macoosh whose lovely blog is linked over there ---> passed this on to me.
noun An illegal payment, as in graft.
verb intr. To take money dishonestly, especially from graft.
[From Dutch boedel (property).]
Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=boodle
-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)"100 years ago, June 2, 1905: [Several senators and representatives] were arrested yesterday on charges growing out of the alleged boodling operations in the last general assembly." Other Days; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette;
"Boodling operations?" Does this make anyone else but me laugh out loud?
"...I asked the male "attendee" to get me the money as soon as possible, but when it arrived, it was a check from someone else's bank account. I knew at once it was a boodle!..."
--From Jason B. Sherlock, the new Marvel comic book coming to a gay newstand near you!