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Posted by on Jul. 23, 2011 at 10:23 AM
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panache \puh-NAHSH\

DEFINITION noun
1: an ornamental tuft (as of feathers) especially on a helmet
2: dash or flamboyance in style and Action : verve

DID YOU KNOW?
Few can match the panache of French poet and soldier Cyrano de Bergerac. In his dying moments, he declared that the one thing left to him was his panache, and that assertion at once demonstrates the meaning of the word and draws upon its history. "Panache" derives via Middle French from Late Latin "pinnaculum," meaning "small wing" or "gable," a root that also gave English the word "pinnacle." In both French and English, "panache" originally referred to a showy, feathery plume on a hat or helmet; its "dashing" figurative sense developed from the verve and swagger of one bold enough to wear such an adornment in public. When the dying Cyrano turned his huge nose heavenward and spoke of his panache, his nose became the literal and figurative pinnacle of a multifaceted pun.





by on Jul. 23, 2011 at 10:23 AM
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styler7
by Member on Jul. 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM
That ones definitely different.. :)
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mumsy2three
by Shauna on Jul. 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Panache is a great word :)

nngmommy83
by on Jul. 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I've used this =)

itsallabtthem84
by ~B~ on Jul. 23, 2011 at 2:15 PM

TFS!

Rogue35
by on Jul. 23, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I didn't know that thanks.

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