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Brilliance, acclaim, social success. French “eclater”=to burst out < Proto-Germanic “*slitana”=to split apart, cut up.


A rough matted rug or hairstyle. Old English “sceacga”=matted hair < Proto-Germanic “skagjan”=related to a wood.

Large black crow that feeds on dead meat. Old English “hraefn” < Proto-Germanic “*khrabanaz” < Proto-Indo-European “*kor”=to croak.

To eject large amounts of something quickly. Old English “spiwan” < Proto-Germanic “*spiew.”

A sweet infusion of water and malts used in making beer. Old English “wyrt”=root, plant < ?Proto-Germanic “*wrad”=root.

A hard, painful, and/or prolonged experience. Old English “ordal” < Proto-Germanic “*uzdailijan”=to deal out or share out.

Large yellow and black stinging fly of the wasp family. Old English “hyrnet” < Proto-Germanic “*horz-nut.”

To lift up or elevate. Old Norse “reisa”=to lift up < Proto-Germanic “raizjan”=to cause to stand up.

To use your mind to consider ideas. Old English “thencan”=to consider in the mind < Proto-Germanic “*thankjan”=thought, knowing.

Light rowing boat, usually for one person. French “esquif” < Old High German “scif”=ship < Proto-Germanic “*skipa.”