PENCHANT infers a strong inclination or
liking. The etymology shold have stopped with French pencher (to
incline), but it goes on to cite Latin pendere (to hang). We naturally
incline or point towards that which we desire. PiNeeYaH (inclination, design,
motive) is a natural extension of PaNaH (to turn). One cannot literally
"turn to" prayers or to other gods, so that the PN turning verbs in IKings8:28 or Deuteronomy31:18 might
better be rendered "incline towards" and "venerate."
לפנות LPHNOAT means
"toward"in Genesis24:63 see POINT.
IE root wen
(to desire, strive for) lists many varieties of our PN etymon of inclination. A
few of these are BANIAN, VENERATE, VENERY, VENEREAL, VENOM, VENUS, WIN and
is to long for.