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A strong verbal or written attack on a person, opinion, doctrine, etc. Greek “polemikos”=warlike, hostile < “polemos”=war < Indo-European “pelemiksein”=to shake.

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A formal religious ceremony or a social custom/practice – often very rule-based. Latin “ritus”=religious observance < Indo-European “rime”=counting, reckoning.

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

A round building with a pointed top used for drying hops. Old English “ast”=kiln < Indo-European “ad”=fire or funeral fire.

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

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.

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