WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Clanker

FOLLOWING the FASHION,  St. James's giving the TON: a Soul without a Body, Cheapside aping the MODE: a Body without a Soul; James Gillray, 1794, Library of Congress.

FOLLOWING the FASHION, St. James’s giving the TON: a Soul without a Body, Cheapside aping the MODE: a Body without a Soul; James Gillray, 1794, Library of Congress.

 

Many things in life boil down to two things: context and perspective.

The situation in which events, ideas, or statements occur gives rise to our attitudes and points of view: context and perspective.

It’s the same way with a lie. Whether it is a great lie or a white lie depends on the context (circumstances) and the perspective (our interpretation). There are as many terms for lies as there are degrees, but I do have a favorite for its onomatopoetic beauty.

 

 

Clanker (noun)half a truth is often a great lie ben franklin

A great lie.

See also canterbury story, coker, gammon, gun, hummer, rapper, stretch, swingding-clap, taradiddle, whisker, and wrinkle.

 

All definitions and/or examples taken from Online Etymological DictionaryCant: A Gentleman’s Guide, and/or 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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