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Duck with Red Umbrella B&B at Celon - Le Canard au Parapluie RougeThe Merrian-Webster online dictionary has the English use of “canard” as its word of the day. Goodness knows why the poor old duck should be implied to mean “a fabricated report” or “groundless rumour”. Be assured that FrenchDuck in both its and .com versions does not peddle unfounded rumours, but attempts to share good information and advice about France, French Wine, French Food and Travel. canard • kuh-NARD • noun

1 a : a false or unfounded report or story; especially : a fabricated report
*b : a groundless rumor or belief

Of course the other problem with the term is that if you search for “duck” on the news, it is mainly about English batsmen’s scoring record – seems a shame that such a game bird which evokes great sentimentality from nature lovers, and is such a key staple of the diet of South West France has these connotations in English

NB the charming graphic is the logo for an English run B&B called Le Canard au Parapluie Rouge (The duck with red umbrella) near Argenton-sur-Creuse (see map) just off the N20 Autoroute to the South West – For more info see

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