Word of the Day: Sangfroid

//Word of the Day: Sangfroid

Word of the Day: Sangfroid

Definition: Composure or coolness shown in danger or under trying circumstances. Sometimes spelled ‘sang-froid’.

In French, it literally means ‘cold blood’—English borrowed the word in the 18th century.

I think I first read this word in The Three Musketeers—about a 4th musketeer who enjoyed fighting duels (no doubt with a lot of sangfroid) and falling in love.

That book was translated in 1846—but by then, English already had ‘sangfroid’ for 100 years …

 

By | 2016-12-14T17:06:10+00:00 July 13th, 2015|WOTD|Comments Off on Word of the Day: Sangfroid

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