Tuesday, December 06, 2005


The word of the day, appropriately, is panache. One of my favorites. Now what's additionally fabulous about this word of the day is that it includes a quote from Eric Asimov, the food writer for the NYT. My strange connection is that in college I used to babysit one of his sons, when he went out to eat dinner. I kinda always wished he'd bring me dessert, but alas that only occurred in my fantasies.

Word of the Day for Monday December 5, 2005

panache \puh-NASH; -NAHSH\, noun:
1. Dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
2. A plume or bunch of feathers, esp. such a bunch worn on the
helmet; any military plume, or ornamental group of feathers.

Dessert included a marvelous bread pudding and a fair
bananas Foster, the old-time New Orleans dish, which was
prepared with great panache tableside, complete with a
flambé moment.
--Eric Asimov, "New Orleans, a City of Serious Eaters."
[1]New York Times, July 4, 1999

It is... an inevitable hit, a galvanizing eruption of
energy, panache and arrogantly sure-footed stagecraft that
comes at a time when theatrical dance is in the doldrums.
--Terry Teachout and William Tynan, "Seamy and Steamy."
[2]Time, January 25, 1999

Although Black didn't have many friends and was not among
the school's leaders, he was likeable, had panache, and his
contemptuous tirades were rarely taken at face value.
--Richard Siklos, [3]Shades of Black: Conrad Black and the
World's Fastest Growing Press Empire

Panache is from the French, from Medieval French pennache,
from Italian pinnacchio, "feather," from Late Latin
pinnaculum, diminutive of penna, "feather." It is related to
pen, originally a feather or quill used for writing.

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