from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The harsh and startling sound produced when a clarinet is unskilfully blown or its reed is out of order.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
--- In English, this type of “canard”/“couac” is quite simply 'a wrong note '... with no duck involved!
--- “Faire un canard”, in music = faire une fausse note, un son discordant, = faire “un couac”!
The word "liberty" rolled like the bass-drum, "public interests" and "welfare of the State" clanged discordantly like the cymbals, and when the comedian spoke of his "patriotism" I almost heard the _couac_ of a clarionet.
I can't think of an English equivalent to “faire un canard” or “faire un couac”, (a bum note?