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Canard

[kə-nard]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, mid 19th century

1.

An unfounded rumor or story.

2.

A small winglike projection attached to an aircraft forward of the main wing to provide extra stability or control, sometimes replacing the tail.

Examples of Canard in a sentence

"Contrary to the rapidly spreading canard, the actor would not be making a special appearance after the show."

"Joseph added a canard to his design, hoping it would stabilize the airplane prototype."

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About Canard

In French, “canard” means both “duck” and “hoax.” It originated from the Old French word “caner” (to quack).

Did you Know?

Anyone can spread a small canard, but it takes a truly dedicated person to pull off a full-fledged hoax. Throughout history, many hoaxes have taken in a gullible public — just a few include the Cardiff Giant (a 10-foot-tall man discovered to be a sculpture), the Turk (a chess-playing automaton controlled by an actual player), and Clever Hans (a horse who was advertised to perform simple calculations, but actually relied on hints from his trainer).

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