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Apr 5, 2019
This week’s theme
Words that turn into other words when beheaded

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erose
scow
vaward
thew
pelf

pelf
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pelf

PRONUNCIATION:
(pelf)

MEANING:
noun: Money or wealth, especially when acquired in a dishonorable manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French pelfre (booty), which also gave us the word pilfer. Earliest documented use: 1425.

USAGE:
“It is not as if the sheikh is short of pelf. He paid $400 million-odd for the Ingham family’s famed Australian racing and breeding operation.”
Craig Young; Sheikh’s Newest Young Star May Be Headed for Bigger Things; Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Feb 28, 2011.

See more usage examples of pelf in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance. -Verna Myers, author and speaker (b. 5 Apr 1960)

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