Word of the Day – Fiacre

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Fiacre (noun) (historical)

fee-ark-re

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 – Bunkum

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Bunkum (noun)

bun-kum

Nonsense, untrue

Mid 19th century (originally buncombe): named after Buncombe County in North Carolina, mentioned in an inconsequential speech made by its congressman solely to please his constituents ( c 1820).

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Word of the Day – Grandiloquent

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Grandiloquent (adj)

gran-di-lo-kwent

Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.

Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.

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