Saturday, January 26, 2013

Word Mix-Up: PEDAL and PETAL

PEDAL: A "pedal" is something that you press with your foot, like a "brake pedal" in a car. It is from the Latin word pes (pedis), meaning "foot."

PETAL: A flower has "petals." The word is from Greek petalon, meaning a leaf, something thin and flat (the leaf of a plant and also a leaf of metal).

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