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In British English a short post (permanent or temporary) used to prevent traffic from entering an area. Uncertain origin but possibly Old Norse “bol”=stem or trunk of a tree.


A pattern of spirals or concentric circles. Middle English “whorlle”=a small fly-wheel on a spinning machine < Old Norse “hvirfla”=to turn or whirl about.

A piece of food on a hook or trap used to attract an animal. Old Norse “beit”=pasture, food < Germanic “*bitan”=to bite.

Having a lean and haggard appearance, often because of suffering, hunger, or age. Uncertain origin, possibly Old Norse “gand”=a tall thin man or stick.

Something that is extremely helpful and beneficial; a gift. Middle English “bon”=prayer, request < Old Norse “bon.”

A whale of streamlined appearance with pleated skin on the underside. Old Norse “reytharhvalr” < Scandinavian “rauthr”=red + “hvalr”=whale.

Type of grass found on sandy shores. Old Norse “maralmr”=sea grass < “marr”=sea + “halmr”=stem, stalk (of grass).

Wise and careful use of money, so that none is wasted. Middle English “thryft” < Old Norse “thrifa”=to grab, clutch, or grasp.

Something given to someone for free and willingly. Old English “gift” < Old Norse “gipt” < Old Germanic “*giftiz”=to give.

A strong taste, flavor, or smell; a sharp, point of a knife. Middle English “tonge” < Old Norse “tange”=point, sharp edge.

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