Pelf - #456


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Dec 19 2018 15
Today’s word of the day is pelf. It’s spelled P-E-L-F. Pelf is a noun that means money or riches. Pelf is derived from the Anglo-French word pelfre (PEL free) which means ‘stolen money.’ The English word pilfer (‘to steal’) is also a descendent of pelfre. Pelf’s definition is simply ‘money’ but the word is usually used in a context that suggest the gains are ill-gotten. After years of selling bogus watches to tourists, James’ conscience caught up with him. He donated thousands of the pelf to charity. Once again, pelf is spelled P-E-L-F.