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passel (PAS-uhl) noun
A large group or a large number.
[Alteration of parcel.]
"The Nokia sponsored passel of metropolitan hacks arrive at the spectacularly located Headlands hotel and gibber excitedly." Steven Wells; What I Did on My Nokia-Sponsored Surfing Holidays; Guardian (London, UK); Aug 5, 2003.
"Confused by the lights of beachfront homes, a passel of newborn loggerhead sea turtles were safely shepherded to the sea by volunteers who had been baby-sitting the island's sole turtle nest for a week." Teresa Stepzinski; Turtles Emerge From Island's Lone Nest; Augusta Chronicle (Georgia); Jul 29, 2003.
This week's theme: words with variant spellings.
If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain. -Emile Herzog, writer (1885-1967)