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General name for something that can be bought and sold, often a raw material. Anglo-Norman “commoditee”=product < Latin “commodiosus”=useful, profitable.


Engaged in deep or serious thought. Anglo-Norman “pensif”=thoughtful < Latin “pensare”=to weigh, ponder, think < “pendare”=to weigh, consider.

Related to, or looking like, pigs. Anglo-Norman/Middle French “porcin”=of a pig < Latin “porcinus” < “porcus”=pig + “-ine”=suffix meaning “referring to.”

To public abuse, ridicule, or defame someone; to subject to abuse or humiliation. Anglo-Norman “pilori”=a wooden frame with holes for someone‚Äôs head and hands to be locked into < Latin “pila”=pillar + “-ory”=noun-forming suffix.

An amount that is too much or more than you need. Anglo-Norman “surfeit”=excess < Old French “sorfait” < “sur”=above, excess + “faire”=to do.

Behavior, especially by children, that causes trouble or damage, but no serious harm. Anglo-Norman “meschef”=misfortune, trouble < “mes”=wrong + “chever”=to reach an end.

Favorable; indicating a good chance of success. Anglo-Norman “propicius” < Latin “propitius”=favorably inclined < “pro-“=for + “petere”=to seek.”

Not present at a usual or expected place; missing. Anglo-Norman “absent” < Latin “absens”=not present < “ab-“=away + “esse”=to be.

To say something is true or someone has done something wrong, although it has not been proved. Anglo-Norman “allegger”=to claim < Latin “allegare”=to assert, plead.

A large animal of the cat family that lives in Africa and parts of S. Asia. The male has a mane. Anglo-Norman “liun” < Latin “leo” < Greek “leon.”

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