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    base/vile canard

    I'd like to ask what the sentence in italic means:
    To call a lying tale a base canard or a vile canard is to descend to a cliché.
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    Re: base/vile canard

    Please quote the source of that sentence.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: base/vile canard

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Please quote the source of that sentence.
    The source is "Barron's GRE, 18th Edition (2009)".
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    Re: base/vile canard

    What is the context?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: base/vile canard

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What is the context?
    It's an example sentence to illustrate how the word "canard" is used in context. Following is the whole entry:

    canard N. false or unfounded story; fabricated report. Rather than becoming upset by the National Enquirer story about Tony’s supposed infidelity, Tina refused to take the canard seriously. To call a lying tale a base canard or a vile canard is to descend to a cliché.

    There are two sentences, but I didn't think they were related so I only quoted one.
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    Re: base/vile canard

    Which words do you not understand?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: base/vile canard

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Which words do you not understand?
    I don't understand why calling a lying tale a base/vile canard is tantamount to descending to a cliché.
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    Re: base/vile canard

    Frankly, nor do I.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #9

    Re: base/vile canard

    Both base canard and vile canard were at one time clichés. Presumably the quoted citation was written during that period.
    I am not a teacher.

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