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A strong taste, flavor, or smell; a sharp, point of a knife. Middle English “tonge” < Old Norse “tange”=point, sharp edge.

To give someone something of great value. Middle English “bistowen”=put in place < Old English “be-“=intensifier + “stowen”=to place.

With hands on the hips and elbows turned outwards. Middle English “in kenebowe”=at a sharp angle. Ultimately uncertain origin.

To praise with enthusiasm. Middle English “extoll”=to lift up, raise < Latin “extollere” < “ex-“=out, upward + “tollere”=to raise.

A casual, not very serious romantic relationship. Middle English “dalyaunce”=light chat < Old French “dalier”=to chat idly.

To wake someone up; to spur someone into action. Middle English “rowse”=in falconry, when a hawk shakes its feathers.

A troublemaker; someone of bad character. Middle English “rogge”=idle vagrant, possibly < Latin “rogere”=to ask, beg.

A mischievous but possibly lovable person. Middle English “rascayle”=member of the rabble < Old French “rascaille”=common people.

The skin of an animal with fur. Middle English “pelta” possibly < Old French “pel”=skin < Latin “pellis”=skin, parchment.

A big mistake; to make a mistake. Middle English “blondren”=to confuse or mix up < ?ultimately of Scandinavian origin.