Origins and meanings of words – April 2011

This one comes from a crossword:
Percheron – french draft horse, named after the district of Perche where it was first bred

Peccadillo – little foibles
Origin: Peccadillo comes from Spanish pecadillo , “little sin,” diminutive of pecado , “sin,” from Latin peccatum , from peccare , “to make a mistake, to err, to sin.” It is related to impeccable , “without flaw or fault.” (from http://dictionary.reference.com)

Foible – weakness of character
Origin: 1640–50; < French, obsolete form of faible feeble

Allure – The power to attract; enticement.
Origin: Middle English aluren, from Old French alurer : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + loirre, bait (of Germanic origin). [from http://www.thefreedictionary.com%5D

ract; enticement.

[Middle English aluren, from Old French alurer : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + loirre, bait (of Germanic origin).]

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