Definition: Noun. A false or deliberately misleading story.
Etymology: From the French word canard (duck) and derived from the French expression vendre un canard a moitie (to sell half a duck) that means to swindle a buyer with a false story.
For further reading: Je Ne Sai What? A Guide to de riguer Frenglish for Readers, Writers, and Speakers by Jon Winokur, Dutton (1995).