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British slang for one who studies very hard (often derogatory). From “sweat” < Old English “swat”=perspire < Indo-European “*swait

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Gracious, urbane, and sophisticated. Old French “soef” < Latin “suavis”=sweet, agreeable < Indo-European *”swad”=sweet.

Season for gathering crops. Old English “haerfest” < same Indo-European root as Latin “carpere”=to pluck and Greek “karpos”=fruit.

Small black/yellow flying insect that stings and weaves a paper nest. Old English “waps” ultimately from Indo-European “*webh”=weave.

The quality of having experience and knowledge. Old English “wisdom”=faculty of good judgement < Indo-European “weid-“=knowledge.

To draw milk from a cow or other teated animal. Old English “melcan”=to give milk, suckle < Indo-European *”melg-“=milk.

Move through water using limbs. Old English “swimmam”=move through water < Indo-European “swem-“=to be in motion.

Large, long-necked white water bird. Old English “swon” < Germanic *”swanaz” < Indo-European *”swon-“=to sing.

Plural of goose; duck-like bird but larger and with longer neck. Old English “gos” < Old Germanic *”gans” < Indo-European *”ghans.”

Soft yellow precious metal. Old English “gold” < Germanic *”gultho”=gold < Indo-European *”ghel”=yellow.