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Postby magi » Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:43 pm


1. Enthusiastic vigor and liveliness.
2. Distinctive style or flair.
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Postby Brazilian dude » Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:47 pm

Élan in French also means elk. :)

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Postby Garzo » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:31 pm

Some are élan and others plain elan (or is that just a slip?). The SAS train in Elan Valley, South Wales, not that I would be able to keep up! Or you could go for a ride with Emma Peel in her Lotus Elan — now made by Kia, of all people!


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Postby Stargzer » Sat Jun 17, 2006 7:03 pm

Garzo wrote:Some are élan and others plain elan (or is that just a slip?).

My dictionary shows only élan:

élan[sup]1[/sup] 1. (a) Spring, bound, dash, standing jump, running jump. (b) dash (as in dashing). (c) impetus. 2. Burst, outburst (of feeling, etc.)

élan[sup]2[/sup] Elk, moose.

I assume élan[sup]2[/sup] comes from definition 1(a) of élan[sup]1[/sup].

Garzo wrote: . . . Or you could go for a ride with Emma Peel . . .


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Inspiring is the wrong word for a ride with the infatuating Mrs. Peel of my misspent youth.

Tantalizing is probably more appropriate.

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