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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 1st March 2024
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persiflage (noun) PUR-si-flaj

Banter, flippancy, frivolity, teasing good-natured chat.

Andrée's voice had changed to a lower key, that air of persiflage was gone.

Sybille Bedford, A Compass Error. Amazon

Earlier, I asked the Foreign Secretary whether, following the verbiage and persiflage of the Lisbon summit, he could give three examples of legislation that had been improved to help the lot of small businesses.

Mr Maude, Hansard, 15 June 2000. Hansard

It feeds on an echelon of society as greedy as it is merciless: a nauseous mixture of luxury and flunkeyism, waste and disorder; an incurable air of falsity and presumption, and bedroom gossip masquerading as perky persiflage.

Cal McCrystal, The Independent, 1 July 2007, The Independent
reviewing Tina Brown's The Diana Chronicles. Amazon

The rest is persiflage, a lot of exulted constitutional chatter about the royal prerogative to declare war and the powers of ministers to conduct military operations.

Alan Watkins, The Independent, 29 October 2006.

No one seems capable, however, of keeping the persiflage, malapropisms and misstatements from getting out of hand.

Todd Purdom, The New York Times, 15 August 1994. New York Times

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