ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: claque

claque (klăk), noun

1. A group hired to applaud at a performance.

2. A group of fawning admirers or sycophants.

Etymology:  mid-1800s, French claquer, to clap.

Wikipedia has an article on the original claquers (groups of professional applauders).

This is one of those words that, the longer I stare at it, the more mis-spelled it looks.

It's unrelated to 'clique' (a small exclusive group), although both originated from French verbs (cliquer, to clink or make noise).
Tags: c, french, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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