penchant \PEN-chunt\, noun:
- Inclination; decided taste; a strong liking.
Penchant comes from the present participle of French pencher, "to incline, to bend," from (assumed) Late Latin pendicare, "to lean," from Latin pendere, "to weigh."
- A phrase usually indicating that the speaker has absolutely no idea how to answer said question. Often used to stall for time.
Photography teacher walking in on students who should be at pep rally: What are you doing here?
Sreya: That's a good question!
- Guy Fawkes: was hanged for his part in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament and kill the king of England (1606)
- first US Social Security check: the sum of $22.54 was received by Ida May Fuller, who had paid three years of payroll taxes; she lived to 100, collecting a total of $22,888.92 from Social Security (1940)
- Great Flood of 1953: tidal surge killed thousands and affected shorelines in the UK and the Netherlands
- Explorer I: the US launched its first Earth satellite, whose mission was to detect cosmic rays (1958)
- McDonald's: first opened in the Soviet Union, in Moscow (1990)
- Franz Shubert 1797
- Jackie Robinson 1919
- John Agar 1921
- Mario Lanza 1921
- Joanne Dru (LaCock) 1923
- Chuck Willis 1928
- Jean Simmons 1929
- Norman Mailer 1929
- Ernie Banks 1931
- James Franciscus 1934
- Stuart Margolin 1940
- Anthony LaPaglia 1959
- John Dye 1963
- Minnie Driver 1971