Text: Monument 14 - Page 146I made a face like one used to make when a record or CD skipped: Something didn't sound right. As the student and I unpacked, the book sentence featured the past tense of 'pal' (its suffix dictating a quirky doubled consonant) while the student's hasty dictionary work had fastened on to 'pall,' a definition that infected her new sentence. I later learned the latter comes from Middle English for 'cloak' and filters into usages like pall bearer or casting a pall on an otherwise happy event. The former is from Romany by way of Sanskrit for 'brother,' yet gets disguised by the extra 'L' to dodge confusion with 'paled.'
Definition: become less appealing or interesting through familiarity
Sentence in book: And the three laughed and palled around all during dinner.
Create a sentence!: Paul palled as we carried on through the conversation.
Thus, we end up with delicious knots like: His relatives paled when Paul palled around loudly with his friends at the funeral to alleviate the pall that hung over everyone. Thanks, English; your wonders never cease.