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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Definitions for canard

  1. a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor.
  2. Cookery. a duck intended or used for food.
  3. Aeronautics. 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.

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Citations for canard
This week, Lewandowski distinguished himself by reviving the birther canard—the thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Margaret Talbot, "The Trouble with Corey Lewandowski on CNN," The New Yorker, August 6, 2016
In London that night poor Henderson's telegram describing the gradual unscrewing of the shot was judged to be a canard, and his evening paper, after wiring for authentication from him and receiving no reply ... decided not to print a special edition. H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1898
Origin of canard
1840-1850
Canard is from Old French quanart “drake,” literally “cackler,” from the onomatopoeic caner “to cackle” and the suffix -art, a variant of -ard, as in mallard or braggart. Canard is all that is left of the Middle French idiom vendre un canard à moitié “to sell half a duck,” i.e., “to take in, swindle, cheat.” Canard entered English in the 19th century.
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