VCR Lesson 5
By: Muyan Pan
Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word from lesson 5.
A strong inclination or liking.
Root of the Word
<L. "to cause to hang down," "to weigh"
Connection to the word: when you have a strong desire or liking or something, for example apples. Then out of all of the fruits, apples will have to most weigh, or value, because you like it more than any other fruit.
proclivity vs penchant
The different is that proclivity describes a liking that is natural while penchant is describing a liking that might be developed over time. Proclivity is an instinct.
George started playing soccer at the age of 5. Over time, he likes to play soccer because he makes many new friends and he likes the feeling of winning a soccer game; the love that George has toward soccer would be penchant.
However, if George was born with a voice inside his head that tells him that he is a prodigy at soccer and that he needs to play soccer. Then that inclination George has toward soccer would be proclivity.
Choose the sentence in which the word in bold is used incorrectly.
B. The mother dog will always protect her puppies because of her penchant for her children.
C. As David plays the French Horn more and more, he develops a penchant for it because of the pretty sound the French Horn produces.
D. Bob's penchant for math in elementary school led him to majoring in statistics in college.