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A witty or sharp reply to a comment. Anglo-Norman “rejoindre”=a defendant’s answer to a claimant’s reply < “re-“=again” + “joindre”=to join.


A conference between opposing sides in an argument, often for the purpose of creating an end to a fight or war. Anglo-Norman “parler”=speech < Old French “parlee”=discussion.

A state of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune. Middle English “aduercetee” < Anglo-Norman “averset√©” = a turn in fortune < Latin “advertere”=to turn towards < “ad-“=toward + “vertere”=to turn.

Pay someone for trouble that you have caused them, or reward someone for their help. Anglo-Norman/Middle French “recompenser”=to make up for < Latin “re-“=again” + “compensere”=to weigh one thing against another < “pendere”=to weigh, hang, balance.

To make something continue in the same way or at the same level as before. Anglo-Norman “maintenir” < to uphold, protect, conserve < Latin “manutenere”=to support, back up < “manus”=hand + “tenere”=to hold.

A strong feeling of being sorry for something bad that you have done. Anglo-Norman “remors” < Latin “remordere”=to gnaw, nag, or bite back < “re-“=intensifying prefix + “mordere”=to bite, sting.

A short stick with a heavy round end, used for crushing things in a bowl called a mortar. Anglo-Norman “pestel” < Latin “pistillum” < “pinsere”=to pound or crush.

In some British schools, a senior pupil who is authorized to enforce discipline. Anglo-Norman “prefect” < Latin “praefectus”=a Roman government official < “prae-“=before + “facere”=to appoint, make.

The study of the nature and meaning of existence, truth, good, evil and so on. Anglo-Norman “philosophie” < Latin “philosophia”=study of wisdom and knowledge < Greek “filosofia”=love of knowledge < “filo”=like/love + “sofos”=wise, clever.

The piece of plastic at the end of a shoelace that helps it thread through the holes. Anglo-Norman “agulette”=metal tag on a lace < “aiguille”=needle + “-ette”=diminutive < Latin “acus”=needle.

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