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A.Word.A.Day--pencel

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This week's theme: words that appear to be misspellings.

pencel or pensil (PEN-suhl) noun

A small flag at the end of a lance.

[From Old French penoncel, diminutive of penon (pennon), from Latin penna (feather). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pet- (to rush, fly) that is also the root of feather, pin, pinnacle, impetus, symptom, appetite, and petition.]

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"Embroidered and painted pennants and pencels were brought out." Frances May Hendry; Quest for a Maid; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1992.

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