There’s A Word for That: Rodomontade

alex atkins bookshelf wordsIf you follow the news on a regular basis and have listened to news clips of President Trump’s speeches, then you are no stranger to rodomontade: boastful or bragging speech or behavior. The word is pronounced “rod uh mon TEYD.” It is derived from French, which is derived from the Italian word rodomonte, based on the arrogant and boastful king of Algiers featured in the Italian romantic epic poems Orlando inamorato (Orlando in Love, 1483) by Matteo Maria Boiardo and Orlando furioso (The Frenzy of Orlando, 1516) by Ludovico Ariosto.

Another word that means boastful or arrogant behavior is the word braggadocio. Like rodomontade, braggadocio is based on a literary character from an epic poem. In this case, the word is based on Braggadocchio, a braggart, from The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser published in 1590.

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