Word Wednesday.



1: an ornamental tuft (as of feathers) especially on a helmet.

2: dash or flamboyance in style and action: verve.

[Origin: Middle French pennache, from Old Italian pennacchio, from Late Latin pinnaculum small wing, related to pinnacle.]


“Potential enemy?” Ponce de Leon made a face. “It lacks panache. I prefer to be called ‘rogue’ or ‘outlaw’.” – Unbound, Jim C. Hines.


  1. says

    That’s a common mix in Germany as well and pretty popular.
    Here, if you mix it with lemonade it’s a “Radler” (biker), if you mix it with coke it’s a “Gespritztes” (injected one).
    I’m not a beer drinker any more, but many people like those especially in summer as it really quenches your thirst without getting you insta-drunk.

  2. jazzlet says

    It’s called shandy in the UK too and is indeed very refreshing. It’s the kind of thing you order on arriving at a pub after a long walk on a hot day when you ran out of water way too soon and are parched. Drunk fast to rehydrate when a pint of beer drunk at that speed would immediately go to your head, followed by a pint of beer that you can then enjoy at a sensible pace.

  3. Nightjar says

    I know the drink Panaché too and it is good and refreshing, but I wouldn’t describe it as beer mixed with lemonade, to me it is beer mixed with lemon-flavoured soda. It has to be a carbonated clear “lemonade”, something like Sprite for example. To me lemonade makes me first think of the home-made drink lemon juice + water + sugar, and I wouldn’t mix that with beer at all.

  4. jazzlet says

    Nightjar I don’t know about elsewhere, but in the UK lemonade would usually be carbonated and clear and would certainly be that in a pub. The drink that requires dilution would be lemon squash. Thus when I say shandy/panache is made with lemonade I mean the same substance you are talking about as lemon-flavoured soda …

  5. Nightjar says


    Oh, ok, thanks. I figured something like that was going on, but I didn’t know lemonade in the UK meant the carbonated drink. I just checked the Wikipedia article on lemonade and it does seem that different English-speaking countries use the word to mean either the “clear” or “cloudy” drink. Not being a native speaker, I was confused.

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