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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 891 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHARLATAN (Ital. ciarlatano, from ciarlare, to chatter), originally one who " patters " to a crowd to sell his wares, like a " cheap-jack " or " quack " doctor—" quack " being similarly derived from the noise made by a duck; so an impostor who pretends to have some special skill or knowledge.
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