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A.Word.A.Day--pelf

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pelf (pelf) noun

Wealth or riches, especially when dishonestly acquired.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin pelfra, pelfa, probably from Old French pelfre.]

"Despite those titles, power and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self."
Sir Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel.

This week's theme: words that sprout other words when beheaded.

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It is difficult to begin without borrowing, but perhaps it is the most generous course thus to permit your fellow-men to have an interest in your enterprise. -Henry David Thoreau [Walden]


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