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Postby Dr. Goodword » Wed May 20, 2020 8:16 pm

• pendent •

Pronunciation: pen-dênt • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Adjective

Meaning: 1. Overhanging, hanging down, dangling, suspended from above. 2. Pending, incomplete, remaining undetermined, awaiting settlement. 3. Incomplete, having no finite verb, as 'a pendent clause'.

Notes: For a hanging adornment, such as a chandelier or dangling piece of jewelry, this word is properly spelled pendant. In the sense of "pending", it is commonly replaced in most speech by the Anglicized form pending. The qualitative noun is pendency and the adverb, pendently.

In Play: This word came to mind when I heard Senate Leader McConnell talk about the many 'pendent bills' in the Senate in a TV interview. However, this word is far more common in the first sense: "He decorated his garden with several pendent blossoming trees that glow pink in the spring. He also used pendent pots of mixed flowers as highlights." (Much less lethal-sounding than hanging.)

Word History: Today's Good Word was borrowed from classical Latin penden(t)s "hanging", the present participle of pendere "to hang". Latin inherited its word from PIE (s)pen/(s)pon-d- "to stretch, spin" with a Fickle S and the suffix -d. With the S but without the D, we find English spin and span derived from the same source. We also see the S with the D in Lithuanian spindėti "to shine", without the S but with the D in English pound, borrowed from Latin pondus "weight", also from pendere "to hang" in reference to the scales of the time.
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Re: Pendent

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue May 26, 2020 2:27 am

Heavy Heavy hangs over your head.
It is dark at night, but the Sun will come up and then we can see.

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Re: Pendent

Postby David Myer » Sun May 31, 2020 7:40 am

It's not the weight of the thing that dangles over your head, Phillip, but the strength of the cotton from which it is suspended. Refer to our friend Damocles. Is he a subscriber here?

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Re: Pendent

Postby damoge » Sun May 31, 2020 2:24 pm

It strikes me, David, that most all the world has taken up position next to "our friend Damocles".

Everything works out, one way or another

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Re: Pendent

Postby David Myer » Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:17 pm

I sigh with you, Debby. Perhaps we should just have a "nice cuppa tea". It works for the English. Sadly, some of our problems are not going away anytime soon. Here in Australia with 102 Covid deaths so far, we weep for you folks and for the English. It will be a long time before you are visiting us or we you. And in the meantime, countries burn and become increasingly totalitarian.

But this site is for words, not for politics. So let us take cheer and find another word to distract ourselves from reality.

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