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A feeling of pity, mercy, or grief; compassion. Old English “hreowan”=to rue, regret + “-th”=noun-forming OE suffix.


In Christian mythology, the wooden cross on which Jesus died. Old English “rod”=a piece of wood, a spar.

To think about problems or fears; to feel or express great concern. Old English “wyrgan”=to strangle, choke < Old Germanic “*wurgjan” < Indo-European “*wergh-“

Having or showing eagerness or enthusiasm. Old English “cene”=wise, clever, brave, daring < Old Germanic “*konjo.”

A hillock; a wooded rise; a sand bank. Old English “hyrst” < Old Germanic “*hurstiz”=hill, thicket, sandy eminence. Common in place names e.g. Amherst, Hurst Green.

To move quietly and secretly in order to avoid being noticed. Uncertain origin, possibly Old English “snican”=to creep or crawl.

A piece of information that helps solve a puzzle. Middle English “clew”=a ball of thread (used to guide someone out of a maze) < Old English “cleowan”=ball of stuff

To look angry or sullen; to scowl. Middle English “loure” < possibly Old English “lurian”=to frown, scowl.

The part of the rear leg of a 4-footed animal that is like the human ankle e.g ham hock from a pig. Variant of hough” < Middle English “hough” < Old English “hoh”=heel.

Of a person, weak, delicate, feeble of timid. Old English “hnesc”=soft and yielding. Further origin unknown.

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