Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Word: Badinage

badinage |ˌbadnˈä zh |
nounhumorous or witty conversation cultured badinage about art and life.ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from French, from badiner‘to joke,’ from badin ‘fool,’ based on Provençal badar‘gape.’

It's seems like half the English words are French. WTF is up with that? I understand when it comes to culinary terms, because the French are a bunch of hedonists and epicures.


  1. English mugs other languages and rifles through their pockets for words - France was closest.