The Hustle is an immortal from the disco era. I can now picture all of you muttering, "Gee, thanks, Suz, for the lovely earworm."
And there was this movie with Paul Newman:
A TV series with Robert Vaughn:
And there's this magazine by Larry Flynt:
Why do we celebrate and condemn hustling? What is hustling?
It has a couple of definitions, the simplest of which is hurrying. But to hustle someone has a negative connotation of trickery.
But we have a long history of admiring tricksters.
Shakespeare, in the guise of Puck, tells us:
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.
I guess we all love a joke, even when it's on us.