Word of the Day: persiflage
origin: from the French "persifler," meaning "to tease";
from the Latin "sibilare," meaning "to whistle"
1. Light, frivolous conversation, style, or treatment; friendly
"How happy we shall be,
When once a perfect unit.
Like lovers of the moyen age are we,
Singing silly persiflage are we!"
--Cole Porter, "Oh, What a Pretty Pair of Lovers"
"It is such people that take delight in flattery. When they are
addressed in language expressly adapted to flatter their vanity,
they look upon such empty persiflage as a testimony to the truth
of their own praises."
--Cicero, Marcus Tullius, "(On) Friendship,"
translation: E.S Schuckburg
Publish Date: 01/20/2011