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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.

To move with a light quivering motion through the air. Old English “flotarian”=to float to and fro < Old Germanic “*fleutan”=to float.

Something that is a symbolic representation of a feeling, event, or thing. Old English “tacen”=symbol, sign < Old Germanic “*taikno”=to show.

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.

A Scottish man chieftain who held land from a Scottish king, same rank as an earl’s son. Old English “thegn”=servant, soldier < Old Germanic “thegno”=boy or child.

To put in order, to tidy up, to prepare for battle. Old English “fetel”=band, girdle, belt < Old Germanic “*fatilo-z”=to hold.

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