VCR LESSON 5 PRESENTATION
FILL IN THE BLANK WITH THE MOST APPROPRIATE WORD FROM LESSON 5. YOU MAY USE ANY WORD, INCLUDING ANY OF ITS FORMS.
n. A strong inclination or liking
NOTA BENE: Although penchant and proclivity may seem similar in meaning, they function differently. A penchant is a preference for something; dogs may have a penchant, or fondness, for bones and a proclivity, or inclination, to park at the mail carrier. A proclivity is an inner impulse or direction, a characteristic action: a proclivity for altruism, spending money, or fatalism, for example.
French, from present participle of pencherto incline, from Vulgar Latin *pendicare,from Latin pendere to weigh
First Known Use: 1672
- leaning (suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable; ex: a student with artistic leanings)
- propensity (implies a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination; ex: a propensity to offer advice)
- proclivity (suggests a strong natural proneness usually to something objectionable or evil; ex: a proclivity for violence)
(all connotatively opposing)
CHOOSE THE ANSWER WITH INCORRECT USAGE
B) The millionaire, who owned a private jet, did not have a penchant for backpacking.
C) The teacher had no penchance for the class clown.
D) She had a penchant for being kind to others and making friends.