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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.


To confuse someone so they cannot think properly; rotten egg. Often used as adjective “addled.” Old English “adela”=liquid filth, urine, stagnant water.

To smile in a smug way that shows that you are pleased by someone else’s bad luck or think you are better than others. Old English “smearcian”=to smile.

To promise that you will stop doing something. Old English “forswerian” < “for-“=verb -forming prefix + “swerian”=to declare solemnly.

A tricky, dishonest ,or deceitful man. Old English “cnafa”=boy or servant.

To prevent or obstruct an event or activity by taking some sort of advance action. Middle English “forestall” meaning “to intercept goods before they go to market” < Old English “foresteall” < “fore”=in front + “steall”=standing place.

A case or receptacle usually having a lid. Old English “box”=a small evergreen tree used to make containers (“box-wood” < Latin “buxus”=boxwood < Greek “piksis”=box-wood.

A short stiff hair that feels rough. Middle English “brustel”=stiff hairs on a wild board, often used to make brushes < Old English “byrst” < Old Germanic “*bors-“=pointed, edge.

To move with a light quivering motion through the air. Old English “flotarian”=to float to and fro < Old Germanic “*fleutan”=to float.

Something that is a symbolic representation of a feeling, event, or thing. Old English “tacen”=symbol, sign < Old Germanic “*taikno”=to show.

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