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A period of time when you stay awake in order to pray or watch for danger. Anglo-Norman “vigile” < Latin “vigilia”=watch < “vigil”=awake, alert.


A person who takes care of a church building and the area around it. Anglo-Norman “segrestein” < Latin “sacristanus” < “sacris”=sacred + “-ista”=noun-suffix indicating a person.

To criticize someone for something that they have done. Anglo-Norman “reprover”=to criticize < Latin “reprobare”=to reject, condemn.

A regular payment for use of a room or dwelling that belongs to someone else. Anglo-Norman “rent”=payment < Latin “rendere”=to recite or repeat.

A type of young onion with a small round end and a long green stem. Anglo-Norman “scaloun” < based on Latin “Ascalonia caepa”= onion from Ascalon, a port in Palestine.

Friendly, good-natured, and easy to talk to. Anglo-Norman “affable” < Latin “affari”=to speak to < “af-“=toward + “fari”=to speak.

No mixed with anything else; clear and clean; uncontaminated. Anglo-Norman “peur” < Latin “purus”=clean, unmixed <Indo-European “*peuh-“=purify.

Irresponsible, lacking determination. Scottish and Northern English dialect “feck” < Anglo-Norman “effect”=action < Latin “efficere”=to cause to happen + Old English “leas”=without,

To tell a lie while under oath. Anglo-Norman “perjurie” < Latin “periurium”=oath-breaking < “per”=to ill effect + “jurare”=swear.

A trap for animals. Anglo-Norman “engynne”=a device made with cunning < Latin “ingenium”=skill, cleverness, ingenuity.

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