Anathema
A detested person/thing.
Annul
To declare something void or invalid.
Apéritif
An alcoholic drink taken before a meal as an appetizer.
Attorney
Lawyers who practice in the common law courts.
Automaton
A self-operating machine.
Bastion
A projecting part of a fortification.
Bourbon
an American whiskey made mostly from corn.
Caliber
Degree of worth.
Cameraderie
Lighthearted rapport amongst friends.
Canasta
A card game, related to rummy.
Carport
Garage for up to two cars with a flat roof supported by poles.
Cashmere
A soft fabric made from the wool growing beneath the outer hair of the Cashmere goat.
Chaise Longue
A long, reclining chair to support outstretched legs, with back support and a single armrest.
Chastisement
Verbal punishment
Cold Cream
a cream made of water and fats, used to remove makeup and smooth skin.
Cornice
A horizontal projection that completes a building or wall.
Corroboration
Confirmation that something is true by using documentary evidence.
Crackerjack
Something of exceptional quality.
Crew Cut
A closely cropped haircut, usually for men.
Dashboard
a control panel under the windscreen of a car
Dictaphone
A device that records and reproduces dictation.
Dixie Cup
Paper Cup.
Doorjamb
Either of the two vertical pieces that frame a doorway.
Dough
Money.
Dungarees
Denim trousers or overalls with a bib and braces, usually worn as work clothing.
Ebullience
enthusiasm
Entre nous
Between us.
Esprit de corps
Morale amongst a group.
Fender
The part of a car that frames the wheel and prevents road material from being thrown into the air.
Fetus
A developing mammal between the embryonic stage and birth.
Fly the Coop
To get out/get away
Footlights
Lights along the front of the stage that illuminate the actors and set.
Funny farm
Offensive slang used to refer to a mental institution.
Gabardine
A tough, woven fabric used to make suits, trousers and other garments.
Galoshes
Rubber boots that are put over shoes to prevent them from getting wet.
Gangplank
A removable ramp used as a footway between a ship and a pier.
Genocide
The widespread extermination of an entire national, racial, ethnic or religious group.
Graham Cracker
A slightly sweet cracker made with whole-wheat flour.
Hassock
A thick cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling.
Headshrinkers
Psychiatrists
Hemmorrhaging
Bleeding
Highball glass
A tall glass tumbler used to serve highball cocktails and other mixed drinks.
Home run
A hit in Baseball that enables the batter to run round all four bases.
Houseleek
a type of succulent plant.
Humdrum
Boring/dull
Iced tea
A cold drink consisting of strong tea served over ice.
Insectarium
A place for keeping living insects.
Jargon
Unusual technical language of a trade or profession.
Junkyard
Place where destroyed vehicles are brought.
Kindergarten
A preschool for children that serves as an introduction to school.
Kleenex
Kleenex is a brand of paper based toiletry products, such as paper towels and tissues.
Lickety-split
Fast/quickly
Loafers
Casual leather step-in shoes with a broad, flat heel.
Loam
Loam is a gritty, moist type of soil composed of sand, silt and clay and generally contains more nutrients than other soils.
Longshoreman
a dock worker who loads and unloads ships
Marine
a soldier/military personnel who serves on land and at sea.
Martini
A well-known cocktail made of gin/vodka and vermouth.
Marzipan
Confectionary made from almond paste, egg whites and sugar.
Mildew
A type of mould/fungus.
Miscarriage
The spontaneous end of a pregnancy when the embryo is incapable of surviving.
Morass
Something that hinders, engulfs or overwhelms.
Mottle
To mark something with blotches of different colours.
Neuroses
Mental or emotional disorders.
Nuthouse
Insane asylum
Patrician
A vague term used for aristocrats that originally referred to elite families in ancient Rome.
Picture Window
A large window without glazing bars, therefore giving an unimpeded view.
Rostrum
An elevated platform used for public speaking.
Sacrilege
Desecration or theft of something sacred.
Sanatorium
A medical facility for long-term illness.
Sedum
A large genus of flowering plants.
Sherry
A spanish wine that can be very dry or sweet.
Shorthand
Rapid handwriting using strokes and symbols to represent words/phrases.
Silo
A tall cylindrical structure in which fodder is stored.
Slacks
Trousers
Slip
A woman's undergarment of dress length with shoulder straps.
Sneakers
Used to refer to athletic footwear in American English.
Solvent
Able to meet financial obligations.
Spring Peeper
A small chorus frog.
Stagehand
Someone who works backstage in film, television or theatre.
Station wagon
A vehicle with an extended interior.
Stenographer
Someone who specialises in the transcription of speech.
Studio couch
A couch that can be converted into a double bed.
Suds
The froth produced by soap.
Syringe
medical instrument that injects fluid into, or draws fluid from, the body
Tableau
A word derived from French, meaning 'picture'.
Tabulator
A device used to automatically compile lists from information encoded on punch cards.
Thunderstruck
Affected with sudden astonishment.
Tom-tom
A long, narrow, small-headed drum that is usually beaten with the hands.
Trenchant
Forceful/effective
Tutelage
Being under the direction of a guardian/tutor.
Tweed
a rough, woollen fabric.
Typing Pool
A group of typists who may work for different people.
Upholstery
The covering/padding on a piece of furniture.
Victrola
A brand of gramophone.
Whimsy
Odd/fanciful idea.
Zippo
a metal, refillable lighter
Zoning Board
A board of officials who divide an area into zones with different restrictions.