This word isn't an official word.
And you won't find it in the dictionary.
But it is alive and well in the URBAN dictionary:
*A con artist who makes their fortune by fooling wantrepreneurs into thinking they're getting a great deal or coming into some easy money when the reality is it's the contrepreneur making the real money.
I came across a few contrepreneurs today. I could sense off the bat they were selling their kind of 'snake oil' to me. I have seen enough scammers to tell the signs of a con or a savvy sales person with hidden agendas, I refused my share of pyramide schemes proposals, and I've been told more than once that it is hard to sell me on anything... A few friends have even brought me along to car dealerships because I don't budge in those fierce negotiations. (growing up by the Muslim market in the old city of Jerusalem is where I learned the secrets of the trade). So I, fortunately, have been spared from getting caught in the net of a contrepreneur.
But what about the less savvy buyers? The vulnerable who want to believe that easy money is attainable, is reachable and may be right at their footsteps? The ones who dream so big they lose track of the contrepreneur drooling over his/her prey? The ones who don't imagine the cruelty of others.
To them I say: See that word above? Study it. Learn it. Memorize it. Know that it's real so you can recognize it when you see it. No more blind spots when the wolf is near, okay dear? And please don't throw substantial money at anyone without some thorough research. Okay!? P-leeeeeease.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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