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A person whose job is fitting glass into windows and doors. Middle English “glasyer”=glass maker < Old English “glaes”=glass < Germanic “*glaso” + “=ere”=suffix with the sense of “someone who does something.”

A slice of meat. Middle English “colope”=eggs on ham, possibly from same roots as Swedish “kalops”=beef stew.

The use of magic or enchantment; the practice of magic arts; witchcraft. Middle English “sorceri” < Old French “sorcerie” < “sorcier”=magician < Latin “sors”=fate, divination i.e. one who influences destiny.

To move quickly, possible with undue haste. Middle English “rossche” < Old French “ruser”=to drive back in battle.

Not shaking or moving, held firmly in one place or position; unchanging over time. Middle English “stedy” < Old English “stede”=a place + “-y”=adverb-forming suffix < Germanic “*stadiz”=stand, position.

To repair or fix something that is broken or not working. Middle English “amende” < Old French “amender” < Latin “emendare”=to correct, to free from fault < “ex-“=out + “menda”=a fault.

Waste material, such as paper, empty containers, and food, that is thrown away. Middle English “garbage”=the offal and entrails of an animal, especially those used as food < Old French “garbe.”

Complete, utter, or total. Middle English “erraunte”=wandering, travelling < Latin “iterare”=to journey, travel.

To move your fingers gently over someone‚Äôs body in order to make them laugh. Middle English “tikelle”=to be excited by a pleasantly tingling or thrilling sensation. Possibly from “tick”=to touch or pat.

cooper: A person who makes and repairs barrels or casks, Middle English “cowper” < Latin “cuperius” < “cupa”=cask, vat.

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