lapalissade

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the name of Jacques de la Palice. His epitaph reads Ci gît Monſieur de La Palice: Si il' n'était pas mort, il ferait encore envie. "Here lies the lord of La Palice: If he weren't dead, he would still be envied." However, it was misread (accidentally or intentionally) as the truism ...il ſerait (serait) encore en vie, "...he would still be alive".

Noun[edit]

lapalissade f ‎(plural lapalissades)

  1. truism
  2. tautology

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