Saturday, 15th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : ke-naard
1. a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor
2. Cookery: a duck intended or used for food
(A):an airplane that has its horizontal stabilizer and elevators located forward of the wing.
(B):Also called canard wing. one of two small lifting wings located in front of the main wings.
(C):an early airplane having a pusher engine with the rudder and elevator assembly in front of the wings.
French - duck, canard - probably from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié - to sell half a duck - to swindle, from Old French quanart, duck, from caner, to cackle, of imitative origin
cover-up, deceit, deception, dishonesty,
dissimulation, distortion, equivocation, erroneousness,
error, fable, fabrication, fakery,
fallaciousness, fallacy, falseness, falsity,
feigning, fib, fibbery, fiction,
figment, fraud, half truth, hogwash,
line, mendacity, misstatement, perjury,
pretense, prevarication, sham, story,
tale, untruism, untruth, untruthfulness,
true statement, truth, verity
• In London that night poor Henderson's telegram describing the gradual unscrewing of the shot was judged to be a canard.
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