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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.
We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves. -Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer (1821-1881)