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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 19th October 2018
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canard (noun) can-AR(D)

A deliberately false report or rumour, a hoax.

There is no question whatever that the inventory of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan was more than everybody would have liked it to be; obviously, because sales were dipping a bit, but the situation was the same with respect to every potash company in Saskatchewan, private or public, and there is no justification for the canard, the story, the fable that somehow the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan’s current problems are because of any large inventory left to them.

Mr Blakeney, Saskatchewan Hansard, 13 June 1983. Saskatchewan Hansard

But the show is built around the modernist canard that psychology can be plumbed through song.

John Lahr, The New Yorker, 28 October 2002. The New Yorker

"This electability thing is a canard; it doesn't amount to a hill of beans,'' Mr. Clinton told a crowd of several thousand people.

Patrick Healy, The New York Times, 4 September 2007. New York Times

Even this brief display of handbills, tracts, advertisements, banners, cartoons, petitions, speeches and popular songs puts paid to the canard that "liberty" is a mainly western value.

Priyamvada Gopal, The Guardian, 31 July 2007. Guardian

Since then, there has been a gradual acceleration of interest and the last century ended with the major 1999 season of British pictures at Paris's Beaubourg Centre, which finally laid to rest Truffaut's canard about there being a contradiction in terms between 'British' and 'cinema'.

Philip French, The Observer, 11 June 2006. The Observer

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