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A room where an artist works. Old French “astelle”=thin board, or splinter, of wood < Latin “hastella”=thin stick < “hasta”=spear.


Expressed very strongly without worrying about offending. Old French “trenchant”=cutting < Latin “truncare”=to cut, lop off.

A box for holding valuables. Old French “coffre”=chest < Latin “cophinus” < Greek “kofinos”=basket.

To amuse or enjoy oneself; to frolic. Old French “desporter” < “des-“=away + “porter”=to carry < Latin “portare”=to carry, bear.

Lasting forever; endless in time. Old French “eternal” < Latin “aeternalis” < “aeturnus”=of great age < aevum”=age.

Cows and bulls kept on a farm for their meat or milk. Old French “chattel”=property < Latin “capitalis” < “caput”=head.

A prescribed course of food; the foods one eats. Old French “diete” < Latin “dieta” < Greek “diaita”=a way of life.

Lecture in an aggressive and critical way. Old French “arenge” < Latin “harange”=a loud or vehement address; a tirade.

Place where people gather to buy and sell goods. Old French “markiet” < Latin “mercatus” < “mercari”=to buy or trade.

Of great value and not to be wasted. Old French “precios” < Latin “pretiotus”=of great value < “pretium”=price.