Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday's learn and earn...


Pungle  \PUNG-gul\ ~ verb

DEFINITION: to make a payment or contribution of money -- usually used with up

EXAMPLES: We all decided to pungle up for pizza.

"They visited the pound over the weekend with their own Chihuahua, Kiki, to make sure the two dogs would get along. And they pungled up $107 to cover the adoption fee, castration fee, inoculation fee, licensing fee and microchipping fee." -- From an article by Steve Rubenstein in The San Francisco Chronicle, February 18, 2009

DID YOU KNOW? "Pungle" is from the Spanish word "pongale," meaning "put it down," which itself is from "poner," meaning "to put" or "to place," or more specifically "to contribute money." The earliest uses of "pungle" are from the 1850s and are in reference to anteing up in games of chance. It did not take long for the word to be used in other contexts. It was in Huckleberry Finn's deadbeat dad's vocabulary: "I'll make [Judge Thatcher] pungle, too, or I'll know the reason why," Huck quotes his father in Mark Twain's famous novel. Nowadays, "pungle" is mainly used in the western part of the United States.


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Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!



  1. Pugle is a cute and fun word. I will need to pugle that word next time I'm talking to Mr. Bernie.

    Great rebate offer. I would want the pink one of course.

  2. it's "pungle!!" lol!! Actually I think your word "pugle" might be a good one too! :) I love learning new words and this one was a lot of fun!


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