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A legal rule that prevents someone from saying that something they said earlier in court is untrue. Old French “estoupail”=bung or cork < “estouper”=to block up < Latin “stuppa”=stop, block.


To praise someone very highly. Old French “laude”=praise, commendation < Latin “laudare”=to sing the praises or or celebrate.

A split of a group into two, usually caused by disagreement about its aims and beliefs. Middle English “scisme” < Old French “cisme” < Latin “schisma” < Greek “skisma ‘” < “skizein”=to split.

A vicar, chaplain, curate, or any Anglican clergyman; a minister or preacher of any Christian denomination. Old French “persone” < Latin “persona”=person (or rector).

To ask someone for money, help, or information. Old French “solliciter”=to trouble or disturb < Latin “sollicitare”=to agitate < “sollus”=whole + “ciere”=set in motion.

A piece of a whole system, especially one that is basic or important. Old French “element” < Latin “elementum”=component < Greek “stoikheion”=step, part.

A male of the hawk family of birds. Old French “tercel” < Latin “tertius”=third; thought to be from the idea that the third egg in a clutch produced a male.

A criss-crossed wooden frame used to support climbing plants. Old French “trelis” < Latin “tri-“=three + “licium”+thread.”

A flag on a ship that shows what country the ship belongs to; the lowest commissioned rank in the US navy. Old French “enseigne” < Latin “insignia”=signs of office.

An outdoor event where there are competitions and refreshments, often a fund raiser. French “fête” < Old French “feste” < Latin “festa”=religious celebration.

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