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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 6th December 2021
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penchant (noun) PON-shon or PEN-chunt

Inclination, liking, taste, or tendency for something; bias towards something.

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'And, of course,' Corbett concluded bitterly, 'our most sovereign lord the King, with his penchant for mystery and secrecy.'

P.C. Doherty, The Prince of Darkness. Amazon

He plays one of two disturbed Scottish fence builders who may or may not be bumping off English people in order to supply sausages for school dinners. Already, Whishaw - with the disturbed co-lead in My Brother Tom, Grenouille in Perfume and now a fence builder with a penchant for butchery - is developing a nice sideline in cinematic sickos. Long may it continue.

Stuart Jeffries, Guardian, 23 December 2006. Guardian

It must be said that he is terribly funny about his own nerdy penchants. At 10 he feared that "my involvement with my collection of stuffed animals was on the verge of becoming age-inappropriate".

Edmund White, Guardian, 2 December 2006 (Guardian), in his review of
Jonathan Franzen's The Discomfort Zone. Amazon

In the opening work, “On the Edge of Silence,” Justin Bahrami performed “Vertical Song I” on the flute as five dancers demonstrated the choreographer’s penchant for swift, whipping movement juxtaposed with lingering stillness.

Gia Kourlas, The New York Times, 27 March 2007. New York Times

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