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To leave property to someone after your death in a will. Old English “becwethan”=to say or declare < “be-“=about + “cwethan”=to say.


To dig using a spade; to try to find more information about someone or something. Old English “delfan”=to dig < Proto-Germanic “*delbana.”

The tiller or wheel used to steer a ship or boat. Old English “helma”=handle.

To avoid someone or something because of dislike, fear, or caution. Old English “scunian”=to abhor, detest, or loathe.

To give someone a false idea about something, or to show that something cannot be true or real. Old English “beleogan”=to deceive by lying < “be-“=about + “leogen”=to lie.

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.

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