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Pratfall

noun; compounding
An amusing fall upon one’s buttocks
 
Unluckily for the comfort of the hour, but luckily for the history of man, the spread of the theory of human differentness invariably precedes the pratfall of the proud
Etymology : prat (orig. unknown) + Old Eng. feallan ‘to fall’
Source : Philip Wylie, Generation of Vipers
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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