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A usual habit or way of behaving. Old English “gewunod”=accustomed, used to, or familiar with < “wunian”=to be accustomed, remain, dwell < Old Germanic “*wun.”

To manipulate something, often in reference to a mixture for making bread, firmly and repeatedly with the hands and fingers. Old English “cnedan” < Old Germanic “knaedan.”

Hard work (noun) or to work hard (verb), chiefly British English. C17th meaning the depth of earth that can be dug up at once with a spade. Possibly from Old Norse “groftr”=digging < Old Germanic “grov”=to dig.

Part of a cow, female goat etc. that hangs down between its back legs and produces milk. Old English “udr” < Old Germanic “*uthr”=teats.

To throw, toss, or cast something; to bend or twist something out of shape. Old English “weorpan”=to project through space < Old Germanic “*werp-“.

To cause physical or mental damage to someone or something. Old English “hearm”=evil as done to or suffered by some person or thing < Old Germanic “*harmo-.”

A prolonged argument, quarrel or dispute, often between two groups and lasting for years. Middle English “fede” < Old French “faide”=hostility, ill will < Old Germanic “*faihitha.”

South African word for a small rural town or village often used to suggest that a place is backward or unimpressive. Dutch “dorp” < Old Germanic “*thorpo”=village.

In the UK a payment from the government to someone who is unemployed; to give or distribute something. Old English “dal”=portion or share < Old Germanic “*daili-z”=to divide, part.

A short stiff hair that feels rough. Middle English “brustel”=stiff hairs on a wild board, often used to make brushes < Old English “byrst” < Old Germanic “*bors-“=pointed, edge.

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