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Long pointed tooth that sticks out from a closed mouth. Old English “tusc”=tooth.

A strong, foul, unpleasant smell. Old English “stenc”=smell < Germanic “*stinkw-“

To make something last longer by using it sparingly (usually found in “eke out”). Old English “ecan”=to lengthen, increase.

Traditions and knowledge passed down orally within a group. Old English “lar”=teaching, instruction < Old Germanic “*laizâ”=learn.

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

A rough matted rug or hairstyle. Old English “sceacga”=matted hair < Proto-Germanic “skagjan”=related to a wood.

To lift or move an object with great effort. Old English “hebben”=to raise or lift up < Old germanic “*hafjan”=to lift.

Ax-like tool with blade at a right angle to the handle, used to shape wood. Old English “adosa/adesa.”

A small hollow in a surface made by hitting it. Old English “dynt”=a blow, stroke, or hit.

To catch the fascinated attention of someone. Old English “thrael” < Old Norse “thrall”=servitude, bondage, captivity.