I have a habit

… of spelling “penchant” wrong. That’s what comes to mind with this word. I want to use it all of the time because I think it’s a terrific word and I like it. I know what it means, and I fell in love with it the first time I read it and after I looked it up in an actual, physical dictionary that we had to use back in the day.  Here’s the meaning via Dictionary.com:

penchant: [pen-chuh nt; French pahn-shahn]
1. a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something:
a penchant for outdoor sports. 
Word Origin: 1665-75;  French, noun use of present participle of pencher to incline, lean  Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, derivative of Latin pendēre to hang

Now, even though I “know” the word and have read it many times in several sources, whenever I try to say the word or write it, it always comes out “penchance” which, of course, is not a word with any meaning.  So, I have a penchant for misspelling penchant as penchance.  Ha!

via Daily Prompt: Penchant

collage graduete

And an English Major to boot. 🙂

6 thoughts on “I have a habit

  1. Gobblefunkist

    I have trouble with pronouncing it -should I pronounce it as Pon-Chon and sound like a pretentious prick, or as “pen chant” and sound completely uneducated? I often replace it with “proclivity” and sound pedantic.

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