fetor (n.) — a strong, foul smell

daft (adj.) — silly; foolish

obverse (n.) — the side of a coin or medal bearing the head or principal design

circumambulate (v.) — walk all the way around (something)

rejoinder (n.) — a reply, especially a sharp or witty one

skylark (v.) — pass time by playing tricks or practical jokes; indulge in horseplay

kneepan (n.) — old-fashioned term for kneecap

parvenu (n.) — a person of obscure origin who has gained wealth, influence, or celebrity

colporteur (n.) — a peddler of books, magazines, and similar literature

cordwainer (n.) — a shoemaker who makes new shoes from new leather

chapeau (n.) — a hat or cap

bugbear (n.) — a cause of obsessive fear, irritation, or loathing

costermonger (n.) — a person who sells goods, especially fruit and vegetables, from a handcart in the street

palaver (n.) — prolonged and idle discussion

sable (adj.) — black

apace (adv.) — swiftly; quickly

lam (n.) — in flight, especially from the police

spoor (n.) — the track or scent of an animal


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