8 February 2010
Mondays word: Chicanery
Michael Quinion has this to say about the word:
"Still a common word, you may find it about equally in reports ofsporting trickery and financial double-dealing:
Chicanery is not always discovered and punished, but the NFL spends millions in attempted enforcement of the public's trust and then looks the other way after a team turns its back on ticket-buyers and league partners by refusing to put its reasonably best product on the field.
[New York Post, 2 Jan 2010.]
There's another association with sport that hardly anybody makes.When a racing driver navigates a chicane, etymologically he's on the same track as a trickster.
Both words can be traced to a set of French terms that includes"chicaner", to make a fuss or squabble, "chicanerie", a squabble,and "chicane", legal quibbling or delaying tactics"
I don't know about you, but I find it fascinating to learn about the origin of words that we sometimes take for granted.
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Posted by Hywela Lyn at 9:00 am