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today's wwftd is... persifleur

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  • wwftd master
    the worthless word for the day is: persifleur [F, see also persiflate] a person who indulges in persiflage : one given to frivolous banter especially about
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2006
      the worthless word for the day is: persifleur

      [F, see also persiflate]
      a person who indulges in persiflage : one given to
      frivolous banter especially about matters usually
      given serious consideration

      "There is something almost alarming about his [sc.
      Lawrence] sincerity and seriousness - something
      that makes one feel oneself to be the most
      shameful dilettante, persifleur, waster and all
      the rest."
      - Aldous Huxley, (quoted by Nicholas Murray in
      'Aldous Huxley')

      "He thought: 'A leg-puller, a persifleur, a
      practical joker?'"
      - Olivia Manning, The Rain Forest (1974)

      persiflate : to indulge in persiflage, to talk
      banteringly
      [< French persifler, to banter lightly] (rare)

      "In later school stories you get Marriott and
      Jimmy Silver putting their feet up and simply
      persiflating."
      - Richard Usborne, Plum Sauce (Wodehouse at Work)

      -tsuwm
      http://home.mn.rr.com/wwftd/
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