Word of the Day : May 3, 2014


noun ESS-kuh-payd


: a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct

Did You Know?

When it was first used in English, "escapade" referred to an act of escaping or fleeing from confinement or restraint. The relationship between "escape" and "escapade" does not end there. Both words derive from the Vulgar Latin verb "excappare," meaning "to escape," a product of the Latin prefix "ex-" and the Late Latin noun "cappa," meaning "head covering or cloak." ("Cappa" is also an ancestor of "cape.") While "escape" took a route through Anglo-French and Middle English, however, "escapade" made its way into English by way of Spanish "escapar" ("to escape") and French "escapade."


Her latest film is a screwball comedy depicting the calamitous escapades of two men who stow away on a cruise ship.

"Based on the popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie, created by Harold Gray, 'Annie' portrays the escapades of a lively orphan girl in New York City in the 1930s." - From an article in The Sun Chronicle (Attleboro, Massachusetts), March 29, 2014

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