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For those who don’t get their fill of intoxicated raconteurs on weekend nights, Derek Waters’s series takes a cast of all-stars, feeds them alcohol, and has them do their best to provide detailed commentary about moments in history.
Programmer Geoff Nuttall, first violinist for the St. Lawrence String Quartet, perfectly understands his responsibilities as programmer, host/raconteur and creative leader.
Welser-Most was both an amiable and often very funny raconteur, but also an artist with a distinct vision of Haydn's vigorous and engaging music.
Stewart, who died Sunday night at age 75 (according to driver’s license records, he was born Oct. 18, 1942), was already a witty raconteur, and that rasp added an extra touch to his oral storytelling.
DiNizio of Scott Plains was a gifted singer, a master songwriter, a raconteur with a nimble wit, a student of pop culture and a charismatic personality whose brooding and embracing songs helped make the Smithereens music stars.
Sharon is an entertaining raconteur whose ordinary life has taken a Grand Guignol turn.
In the end, Marsalis emerges as a musical raconteur of the best sort.
The filmmaker, raconteur and activist Michael Moore remains stanch, but his solo performance is yielding its Broadway berth.
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raconteur Has Old French Roots
The story of raconteur is a tale of telling and counting. English speakers borrowed the word from French, where it traces back to the Old French verb raconter, meaning "to tell." Raconter in turn was formed from another Old French verb, aconter or acompter, meaning "to tell" or "to count," which is ultimately from Latin computare, meaning "to count." Computare is also the source of our words count and account. Raconteur has been part of the English vocabulary since at least 1828.
RACONTEUR Defined for English Language Learners
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