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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.

A marked scarcity or lack of something. Middle English “derthe”=a time of famine where food is expensive < Old English “deore”=costly, worthy.

A small piece of enclosed ground, usually beside a house or other building, used as a yard, garden, or paddock. Old English “geard”=yard.

Thin and graceful, often used to describe a women. Contraction of “lithesome” < Old English “lythe”=gentle, soft, mellow + “-sum”=adjective-forming suffix.

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.

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