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Word of the Day – passel


Passel \ PAS-uh l \ noun

A group or lot of indeterminate number: a passel of dignitaries.


If you had a passel of kids, then you’d always have a troop to boss when you felt like bossing. It would occupy your brain and you wouldn’t get gloomy as often.
— Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove, 1985


Passel is an alteration of the word parcel meaning “a quantity or unit of something.” It entered English in the early 1800s.

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