Word of the Day – Fiacre

By October 4, 2017Word of the Day

Fiacre (noun) (historical)


A small four-wheeled carriage for public hire.

Late 17th century: from French, named after the Hôtel de St Fiacre in Paris, where such vehicles were first hired out.

Example sentences

“We took a fiacre down to the Seine where he proposed!”

Word of the Day – Prevaricate

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Prevaricate (verb)


Speak or act in an evasive way.

Mid 16th century (earlier ( Middle English) as prevarication and prevaricator), in the sense ‘go astray, transgress’: from Latin praevaricat- ‘walked crookedly, deviated’, from the verb praevaricari, from prae ‘before’ + varicari ‘straddle’.

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