ben trovato

ben tro·va·to

 (bĕn trō-vä′tō)
adj.
Appropriate even if untrue; happily invented: a story that is ben trovato.

[Italian, from the saying Se non è vero, è molto ben trovato, (even) if it is not true, it is very well invented : ben, well, variant of bene (from Old Italian, from Latin bene; see deu- in Indo-European roots) + trovato, past participle of trovare, to find, invent (from Old Italian, probably from Vulgar Latin *tropāre, to compose (songs, verses), invent, from Late Latin tropus, trope, song, from Latin, trope); see trope.]
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Se non e vero, e ben trovato. Tambien Menendez Pelayo aduce esta anecdota y senala como interlocutor a don Manuel de Roda, Secretario del Despacho de Gracia y Justicia; aunque no senala la fuente.