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Boastful or bragging speech; bombastic or arrogant talk or writing. French “rodomontade” < Italian “Rodomonte”=a hot-tempered and boastful character in the C15th epic poem Orlando Innamorato.

Someone who grows grapes. French “vigneron” < Latin “vignum”=wine.

A bridge with a section that can be raised and lowered using counterweights, where one end goes up while the other goes down. French “bacule”=see-saw; teeter-totter < “battre”=to bump, beat + “cul”=buttocks.

A thin kind of goat-skin leather used for gloves. Diminutive of French “chevre”=goat < Latin “capra”=she-goat.

A chunk or cube of bacon used to add fat to meat before cooking. French “lardon” < Old French “lard”=bacon < Latin “lardum”=fat, grease < Greek “laros”=pleasant to the taste.

Sleep in rough accommodation or on an improvised bed; to pass time idly or aimlessly. French “dos” < Latin “dorsum”=back (as in lying on one’s back).

Someone who pretends to be sick or injured in order to avoid doing work. French “malingre”=to pretend or exaggerate illness < “mal”=bad, wrong + “heingre”=thin, emaciated.

(a) A musical note that’s a quarter of a whole note, or (b) an unfounded belief. French “crochet”= diminutive of “croc”=hook.

Powerless; unable to take any action. French “impuissant” < Anglo-Norman “im-“=not + “puissant”=powerful.

An angry and often long speech or article that strongly criticizes someone or something. French “diatribe” < Latin “diatriba”=a learned discussion or a school < Greek “diatribi”=to wear away (of time) or rub away.

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