We were in the car after going to a disasterous trip to perkins in which my lovely wife’s food was made with moldy cheese (sent back, no substitution due to lost appetite), my salad and the little girl’s soup came out at the same time as the meal, they brought me the wrong burger (ate it anyway), the little girl cried so much I had to go spend 10 minutes in the car with her while we waited for the food, the manager grudgingly agreed not to charge my irritated wife for her inedible food, and tried to convince her that herb feta was supposed to look that way. We’re shell shocked sitting in the driveway and I say to my exhausted wife, “You should write a letter to Perkins headquarters to get them straightened out. You have a penchant for penning correspendance.”

And she replied “Yes, I will release my pent rage and get the manager suspended. Maybe I’ll even get compensated.”

Shortly after that the attempt to work the phenomes into sentences broke down and sheer listing began. It quickly became clear that this evening my clever wife’s brain was running in a far superior state than mine… I haven’t felt like that since trying to play scrabble in the 5th grade.

  • Pendulum
  • Pendulous
  • Pendant
  • Suspended
  • Suspenseful
  • Pensive
  • Pentagon
  • Pentagram
  • Pendragon
  • Pentacle
  • Pennacle
  • Open
  • Pent (up)
  • Pending
  • Dependant
  • Dependable
  • Independently
  • Repentant
  • Appendage
  • Appendix
  • Pennsylvania
  • Peninsula
  • Penalize
  • Penalty
  • Penal
  • Penile
  • Penis
  • Pens
  • Pen
  • Pencil

From latin “pendere” to hang clearly and easily gives us pendulum, pendant, and the literal version of suspend. This also gave us suspension as a disciplinary measure and emotional suspense.

Someone who is dependent hangs on and someone who is independent stands alone. An appendix is section attached at the end.

An appendage is a bit that hangs off, and a peninsula is a bit that hangs in the water (except that’s not right. We should call them pendinsula because it makes sense… in truth peninsula comes from “paene” which means almost).

Penalize comes from threat of hanging and a Penis hangs between your legs (in truth penal-repent comes from the greek “poine” which means a fine or punishment, and penis comes from latin “penis” which means tail).

Correspondence worked verbally but is more awkward in print.


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