agape
love of a spiritual kind (from Greek for love)
allegro
brisk or rapid in tempo (It)
antinomian
opposed to or denying the fixed meaning of moral law
artex
a surface coating used for interior decorating, usually found on ceilings
Benelux
an economic union consisting of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The name Benelux takes its name from the first few letters of each country
Canto
one of the principle sections of a long poem
desuetude
a state of no longer being used or practised
Eros
Romantic and sexual love
falafel
a Middle Eastern snack consisting of a small croquette seasoned with toasted sesame seeds and salt
fluted
to have been decorated with shallow grooves running vertically along the surface.
gimcrack
showy but useless
Heliconian
of or relating to Helicon - a mountain in Greece regarded by ancient Greeks as the abode of Apollo and the Muses
hudibrastic
of or relating to a mock-heroic poem written in tetrameter couplets
jake
(slang) OK, fine
melamine
a white plastic
Mutatis mutandis
the necessary changes have been made (Latin)
natation
the skill or act of swimming
parvenue
a woman whose newly acquired wealth has yet to allow her to 'pass' with other members of her social class (Fr)
philos
brotherly love
pleonasm
the use of more words than are necessary to convey a meaning
plus ça change
a synecdoche for 'plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose' meaning 'the more things change, the more they stay the same'
pudeur
sense of modesty, propriety, decency (French)
qua
as; as being
schlemiel
an awkward person; an habitual bungler, a loser (Jewish)
sconcing
fining someone for a breach of rules or etiquette
sodality
an association or society
solenoids
a three-dimensional coil
sward
a stretch of turf
syllabub
traditional English dessert made from rich milk or cream
tourney
archaic term for a tournament
venery
the pursuit of sexual pleasure
volute
spiral scroll-like ornament