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To give up, abandon, or leave someone or something entirely. Old English “forasacan” < “for-“=prefix indicating to prohibit, ban, or stop something + “sacan”=deny, contend, dispute.

To feel extremely hot and uncomfortable; to be oppressed by heat. Middle English “sweltre” < Old English “sweltan”=to faint, perish, die.

An object that joins two parts of something and helps it to turn around; to turn around about a fixed point. Middle English “swyuel” < Old English “swyfen”=to move in a course, to sweep, to have intercourse.

One of a pair of metal rings joined by a chain used to fasten a prisoner’s hands or feet together, so that they cannot move easily or escape. Old English “sceacul”=link of a chain < Germanic “*skakulo”=chain link.

Cold and miserable; not hopeful or encouraging; dreary or cheerless. Middle English “bleke”=colorless, pale, wan < Old English “blaec”=white, shining, bleached.

To oppress with heat; to suffer, sweat, or be faint from heat. Old English “sweltan”=to die, perish.

Descriptive of something done too quickly and carelessly; messy and untidy. From C16th meaning wearing slippers or very loose shoes < Middle Low German “slippen”=to slip, to get away + “shod” < Old English “scogen”=to wear shoes.

A group of cats. Variation of “clutter”=a mass or confused collection < Old English “clot”=A mass or lump formed by clumping or congealing.

An intelligent, well-educated person; someone who knows a lot about a particular subject. Old English “scoliere”=schoolchild < Latin “scolaris”=student, pupil < “schola”=school + “-aris”=suffix meaning “pertaining to, related to.”

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.”

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