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To be blindly or utterly infatuated with someone. Middle English “besot”=to make foolish < Old English “be-“=cause to be + “sott”=foolish person.


Generosity with money or of spirit; selfless giving. Middle English “largeys” < Old French “largece” < Latin “largus”=generous, bountiful, copious.

Not showing much interest in something or not putting enough effort into it. Middle English “alack the day”=an expression of regret or concern about the current day < “lakke”=defect, failing, or fault.

A rope used for raising and lowering a sail, yard, or flag on a ship. Middle English “halyher” < Old French “haler”=to draw or pull < Old Frankish “halon.”

A state of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune. Middle English “aduercetee” < Anglo-Norman “averset√©” = a turn in fortune < Latin “advertere”=to turn towards < “ad-“=toward + “vertere”=to turn.

Extremely hungry; starving. Middle English “famyssh”=to starve < Old French “afamer” < Latin “affamare”=to deprive of food < “fames”=hunger.

To formally engage someone to be married. Middle English “betroath” < “be-” verb-forming prefix with the sense of “being/becoming” + “treuthe”=truth.

A person who is believed to be able to see the future. Middle English “sothseyere”=one who tells the truth < Old English “soth” + “secga”=one who speaks.

A small piece of shiny metal or plastic sewn onto clothes to give them a shining effect; a sequin. Middle Dutch “spange”=buckle, clasp, ornament + Middle English “-le”=diminutive suffix.

The official residence of a diplomatic minister in a foreign country or a diplomatic envoy. Middle English “legacyoun” < Middle French “legacion” < Latin “legatio”=the sending of a deputation < “legare”=to bequeth.

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