December 13, 2017
escapade (noun)
\ESS-kuh-payd\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a mischievous adventure : prank
How do you use it?
"'My dear,'said her husband, the cob, one afternoon, 'do you never find your duties onerous or irksome? Do you never tire of sitting in one place and in one position, covering the eggs, with no diversions, no pleasures, no escapades, or capers? Do you never suffer from boredom?'" (E. B. White, _The Trumpet of the Swan_)
Are you a word wiz?

"Escapade" was borrowed into English from another language. What language do you think gave us "escapade"?

It's no joke -- English-speakers took "escapade" from French. When first borrowed in the 17th century, English "escapade" meant "action of escaping," which was the very meaning of the French word "escapade." French "escapade" was a modification of Spanish "escapada," from "escapar," meaning "to escape." While we know that French also gave us the word "mischief," pinning down the origins of other synonyms of "escapade" is tricky. Some mischievous words that have uncertain origins include "shenanigan" and "monkeyshines."
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