Word of the day

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canard (noun) – 1. An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story.
2. (a) A short winglike control surface projecting from the fuselage of an aircraft, such as a space shuttle, mounted forward of the main wing and serving as a horizontal stabiliser.
(b) An aircraft whose horizontal stabilising surfaces are forward of the main wing.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Before 1850, from French canard “a hoax,” literally “a duck” (from Old French quanart, probably echoic of a duck’s quack); said by Littré to be from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié “to half-sell a duck,” thus, from some long-forgotten joke, “to cheat.”

 


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