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The obscure word of the week is persiflage

November 17, 2016

Matthew Wright

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One of the more obscure English words I’ve found is persiflage.

It means a kind of light bantering and apparently was derived from French, originating in the eighteenth century. You know, ‘I say, Carstairs, bally Jerry gave me a bit of a what-oh this morning, had to put the kite down rather hard on the proles.’ ‘What are you talking about, old chap? I’m sorry, I can’t quite understand your persiflage.’

Your challenge? Use today’s obscure word in a sentence, down in the comments.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016

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