antipode

Pronounced: AN-tuh-PODE, noun

Notes: I’m pretty sure that I could figure out the meaning of this word in context, but I was at a loss when running across it standalone.


Yesterday’s word

The word cockade refers to “an ornament, such as a rosette or knot of ribbons, worn as a badge on a hat, lapel, etc”

Background / Comments

The word comes from French cocarde, which comes from Old French coquarde, the feminine form of coquard (vain, arrogant). This word comes from coc (a rooster, or cock). Roosters seem to be strutting about proudly; a badge on a hat could bob as a person moved, much like the rooster’s head.

First usage

This word showed up in English in the early 1700s.

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Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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