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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.


An amount of money that a person gives to a church, usually one-tenth of their income. Old English “teotha”=tenth < “teothian”=to bestow, grant.

To fall, usually from being top-heavy; to cause to fall. To fall on the top of one’s head. Old English “topp”=tuft or crest on the head + “-lian”=verb-forming suffix.

A person whose responsibility it is to take care of something e.g passengers on a ship or plane; food and drink at an event; a landlord’s property. Old English “stiweard” < “stig”=house + “ward”=keeper.

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.

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