Monday, January 3, 2011

Word of the Week (thank you


noun \kə-ˈnärd also -ˈnär\

Definition of CANARD

1 a : a false or unfounded report or story; especially : a fabricated report b : a groundless rumor or belief
2 : an airplane with horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of supporting surfaces; also : a small airfoil in front of the wing of an aircraft that can increase the aircraft's performance

Examples of CANARD

  1. The book repeats some of history's oldest canards.
  2. the widespread canard that every lawyer is dishonest

Origin of CANARD

French, literally, duck; in sense 1, from Middle French vendre des canards à moitié to cheat, literally, to half-sell ducks
First Known Use: 1851


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