“We are staunch and true and in rather a champagne mood.”*

*Franz Marc

From Online Etymology Dictionary:

“staunch (adj.)

early 15c., “impervious to water,” from Old French estanche “firm, watertight,” fem. of estanc “tired, exhausted, wearied, vanquished; water-tight; withered, dried” (Modern French étanche), from Vulgar Latin *stanticare (source also of Spanish estanco “water-tight,” Italian stanco “exhausted, weary”), probably from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare “to stand,” from PIE root *sta- “to stand, make or be firm.” Sense of “strong, substantial” first recorded mid-15c.; of persons, “standing firm and true to one’s principles” from 1620s.”

From Merriem-Webster.com:

“staunch verb

transitive verb

variant of STANCH

1: to check or stop the flowing of

stanched her tears

also : to stop the flow of blood from (a wound)

2a: to stop or check in its course

trying to stanch the crime wave

b: to make watertight : stop up

3: archaic: ALLAY, EXTINGUISH”

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