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A film director who influences their films so much that they rank as their author. French “auteur”=author, originator < Latin “auctor”=person with the power to make a decision or action.


An iron-headed club used for lifting a ball high or for medium distances; a number 5 iron. Possibly from Scottish “mash hammer”=a hammer for breaking up stones < French “masse”=sledgehammer.

A tiny aggregate of a mineral in sedimentary rock, usually occurring in a round cluster. French “framb(oise)”=raspberry (a reference to the shape) + Greek “oeidis”=having the appearance of, looking like.

Person who rides as a guide on the near horse of one of the pairs attached to a coach. French “postillon” < Italian “postiglione”=courier, post-boy < “posta”=mail, post + “-illa”=diminutive suffix.

To be in agreement with; to be in harmony. French “consonnant” < Latin “consonare” < “con-“=with, together + “sonare”=to sound.

Total destruction involving extensive loss of life especially through fire. French “holocauste”=a sacrifice by fire < Latin “holocaustum” < Greek “holokauston” < “holos”=whole’ + “kaiein”=to burn.

A small cigar with both ends cut flat. French “cheroute” < Tamil “shuruttu”=roll (of tobacco).

To purposely make someone angry or upset by saying unkind things to them. Possibly from French “tant pour tant”=tit for tat.

A long cake of choux pastry covered with chocolate and filled with cream. French “éclair”=lightning (because it is eaten in a flash!)

A tray, used for handing refreshments or for presenting letters, visiting-cards, etc. French “salve”=tray for presenting food to the king < Spanish “salva”=a sample of food < Latin “salvar”=to make safe.

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