Word of the Week Wednesday: panache


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: Panache

Panache means style or flair which seems quasi-onomatopoeic since the word itself has more style or flair than either of those words.  It has an artistic sound to it.

Easily in danger of becoming pretentious and arty, I believe, used with care, it can still be salvaged.

It comes from Late Latin pinnāculum, meaning “little wing”, the same root of the word pinnacle.

So, the height of style could be considered the pinnacle of panache.

 

 

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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