That was pronounced as “Ped-it-tel” and it was a noun that meant an automobile with one burned out head lamp. I’ve always prided myself on quickly replacing burned out head lamps, though in my nearly 40 years of car ownership I’ve probably only replaced four head lamps.
I replaced both head lamps in the truck last year. Since then I think I had some weird surge that messed up the electrical system in the truck because in the last year I’ve had trouble with the CD player the directional lamps, the switched and motors for the power windows and the head lamps.
I’ve replaced all the broken stuff, but I was left with one mystery. My head lamp worked on the drivers’ side however it would often blink off and then blink back on down the road. If I wiggled the wires it would go back on. So I decided to replace the harness that hooks into the bulb, and that fixed it for a week, but then the low bean would work just fine, but the high beam would turn itself off after being on for only a minute or so. I tested it over a week or so and then I determined it was a heat problem, so I replaced the bulb and it all works fine now. It seems that the heat from the lamp made the filaments inside expand enough to turn itself off.
It’s nice to have brights again.