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To dig using a spade; to try to find more information about someone or something. Old English “delfan”=to dig < Proto-Germanic “*delbana.”


A type of song from the German Romantic period (late C18th-early C19th). Pronounced “leet.” German “lied”=song < Old High German “liod” < Proto-Germanic “*leuthan.”

A bird with shiny black feathers that looks like a crow but is bigger. Old English “hraefn” < Proto-Germanic “*hrabnaz.”

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.”

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