lapalissade

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the name of Jacques de la Palisse, a French military officer. His epitaph reads Ci gît Monſieur de la Palice: s'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 encore en vie (...he would still be alive).

Noun[edit]

lapalissade f (plural lapalissades)

  1. truism
  2. tautology

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