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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A confident, stylish manner; swagger.
2. A tuft of feathers on a headdress, such as a helmet, hat, etc.
From French panache, from Italian pennacchio, from Latin pinnaculum (small wing), diminutive of pinna (wing, feather). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pet- (to rush or fly), which also gave us feather, petition, compete, perpetual, pterodactyl, and helicopter. Earliest documented use: 1584.
The word was popularized in English from the success of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac. Cyrano proclaims:
“I’m going to take the simplest approach to life of all ... I’ve decided to excel in everything.”
He, of course, wears a panache, and it is literally his last word:
“Yet there is something still that will always be mine, and when today I go into God’s presence, there I will doff it and sweep the heavenly pavement with a gesture: something I’ll take unstained out of this world ... my panache.”
“Peter Sculthorpe’s Tabuh Tabuhan ... dominated the afternoon concert through sheer sureness of touch and sometimes even panache.”
Clever Choice of Quartets; The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia); Mar 11, 2021.
See more usage examples of panache in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Not thinking critically, I assumed that the "successful" prayers were proof that God answers prayer while the failures were proof that there was something wrong with me. -Dan Barker, former preacher, musician (b. 1949)