Jan. 17th, 2017

gasconade

Jan. 17th, 2017 08:15 am
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gasconade (gas-kuh-NAYD) - n., extravagant boasting, boastful talk. v., to boast extravagantly, bluster.


In France, the citizens of Gascony have a reputation for talking boastfully (thus the characterizations of D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers and Cyrano de Bergerac), which gave rise to the verb gasconner, literally to talk like a Gascon but used to mean to boast, with its noun instance form gasconade. We adopted the latter in 1709.

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