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Old July 9th 03, 04:48 PM
Tom Schulenburg
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From Merriam-Webster:

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The Word of the Day for July 9 is:

peloton \peh-luh-TAHN\ noun
: the main body of riders in a bicycle race

Example sentence:
Thousands of cycling fans lined the race route, relaxing in
lawn chairs as they waited for the peloton to speed by.

Did you know?
If you've ever watched the Tour de France on television,
you've seen plenty of the peloton, the seemingly endless flow of
brightly colored riders making up the central group. You may
have also gained some inadvertent insight into the word itself,
which as you may have guessed is French in origin. In
French, "peloton" literally means "ball," but it is most often
used with the meaning "group." It's frequently used in the
bicycling context, just as in English, but it can also refer to
a group in a marathon or other sporting event. French "peloton"
can also mean "squad" or "platoon," and since we've told you
that you probably won't be too surprised to learn that it is
also the source of our word "platoon."

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Old July 9th 03, 09:15 PM
Gary
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Default The Word of the Day for July 9 is...

Gosh! I did not know the accent was on the LAST syllable. Thanks.

Tom Schulenburg wrote:

From Merriam-Webster:

BEGIN

The Word of the Day for July 9 is:

peloton \peh-luh-TAHN\ noun
: the main body of riders in a bicycle race

Example sentence:
Thousands of cycling fans lined the race route, relaxing in
lawn chairs as they waited for the peloton to speed by.

Did you know?
If you've ever watched the Tour de France on television,
you've seen plenty of the peloton, the seemingly endless flow of
brightly colored riders making up the central group. You may
have also gained some inadvertent insight into the word itself,
which as you may have guessed is French in origin. In
French, "peloton" literally means "ball," but it is most often
used with the meaning "group." It's frequently used in the
bicycling context, just as in English, but it can also refer to
a group in a marathon or other sporting event. French "peloton"
can also mean "squad" or "platoon," and since we've told you
that you probably won't be too surprised to learn that it is
also the source of our word "platoon."

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