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Which is conceited: the popinjay or the poltroon?

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Answer: the popinjay

Popinjays are conceited. Poltroons are listless cowards. Originally, the popinjay was a parrot-figure that was used as a target for shooting practice. The word poltroon derives from the Italian poltrone, lazy fellow or coward.

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