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).


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