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Cautious, secretive action. Middle English “stalthe” < Old English “staelth” < Germanic “staol”=steal + “-th”=noun-forming suffix.


A person who works in a coal mine (chiefly British English). Middle English “colyer”=one who trades in coal or charcoal < Old English “col”=coal/charcoal.

A bird with shiny black feathers that looks like a crow but is bigger. Old English “hraefn” < Proto-Germanic “*hrabnaz.”

Mythical creature with a lion’s head and body, and a fish’s tail, seen as the protector of Singapore. Old English “mere”=sea, lake + Greek “leon”=a large carnivorous cat.

To seek the love of someone (esp. a woman) with a view to marriage; to court. Old English “wogian”=to solicit or court a woman in love.

To lose hair, leaves, skin; to cast off. Old English “sceaden”=to separate or divide < Germanic “*skaith-“

A small building, often made of wood, used for storing things. Middle English “shadde” < Old English “scead”=shade, covering, darkness.

Part of a bird’s gullet where food is stored or prepared for digestion. Middle English “crawe” < Old English “*craga”=neck or throat.

To put letters, words, or other symbols on a surface (often paper or a screen) with a pen, pencil, or keyboard. Old English “writan”=to score, cut, scribe, incise (on a surface).

The sound of a bell, especially at a funeral. Old English “cnyllan”=to strike with a resounding blow.

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