What if we had abandoned the charade, and revealed ourselves to our unwary allies?
This back and forth is posturing, a charade, and a political game.
Plus, the charade continues: Wayne Barrett follows up on Gingrich's deposition lies.
If the Democrats maintain this charade, 2016 will not be the cakewalk they dream it to be.
Thirty years later, Audrey Hepburn delivered a similar invitation to Grant in charade.
Each person of the company understood the meaning of that kind of charade; and there were uncontrollable bursts of laughter.
He looked on hopelessly, as you look at a charade of which you have not got the key.
I think the charade first appeared in a cheap periodical, which was set on foot by the parties concerned in Knight's Quarterly.
He says he's got a charade, and Milburd will dress up too, and we'll have it before the Lecture.
At the end of the first charade, when the girls were standing at a loss in the dimly-lit hall, she made a timid suggestion.
1776, from French charade (18c.), probably from Provençal charrado "long talk, chatter," of obscure origin, perhaps from charrar "to chatter, gossip," of echoic origin. Cf. Italian ciarlare, Spanish charlar "to talk, prattle." Originally not silent, but relying rather on enigmatic descriptions of the words or syllables.
As we have ever made it a Rule to shew our Attention to the Reader, by 'catching the Manners living, as they rise,' as Mr. Pope expresses it, we think ourselves obliged to give Place to the following Specimens of a new Kind of SMALL WIT, which, for some Weeks past, has been the Subject of Conversation in almost every Society, from the Court to the Cottage. The CHARADE is, in fact, a near Relation of the old Rebus. It is usually formed from a Word of two Syllables; the first Syllable is described by the Writer; then the second; they are afterwards united and the whole Word marked out .... [supplement to "The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure," volumes 58-59, 1776]Among the examples given are:
There is one species of charade which is performed solely by "dumb motions," somewhat resembling the child's game of "trades and professions"; but the acting charade is a much more amusing. and more difficult matter. ["Goldoni, and Modern Italian Comedy," in "The Foreign And Colonial Quarterly Review," Volume 6, 1846]An 1850 book, "Acting Charades," reports that Charades en Action were all the rage in French society, and that "Lately, the game has been introduced into the drawing-rooms of a few mirth-loving Englishmen. Its success has been tremendous." Welsh siarad obviously is a loan-word from French or English, but its meaning of "speak, a talk" is closer to the Provençal original.