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Oct 23, 2014
This week's theme
Words formed by metathesis (a transposition of sounds)

This week's words
mullion
sprattle
brummagem
pernancy
girn

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pernancy

PRONUNCIATION:
(PUHR-nuhn-see)

MEANING:
noun: A taking or receiving of rent, profit, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Anglo-French pernance, by switching of sounds of prenance (taking), from prendre, from Latin prehendere (to seize). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghend-/ghed- (to seize or to take), which is also the source of pry, prey, spree, reprise, surprise, osprey, prison, reprehend, impregnable, impresa, and prise. Earliest documented use: 1626.

USAGE:
"For he was not to pass away the pernancy of the profits."
NG Jones; Uses and "Automatic" Resulting Trusts of Freehold; The Cambridge Law Journal (UK); Mar 2013.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent. -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel prize in literature (1872-1970)

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