Look at what I have inadvertently come across - an archaic word -
I can picture it already but, alas, it is a transitive verb; slang for to cheat or to hoax.
However, I can feel it developing a life of its own as a necessary character in 'Discovering Jasmine T' (third book in the 'Violet Jelly' trilogy). I need this wily creature to confuse and mislead. It will appear, slithery and impish, out of the ether.
I share my first tentative scribblings of the Hornswoggle .......