Bactine
Brand name for a range of first-aid treatments, such as antiseptics and anaesthetics.
bell-bottoms
Trousers which flare out from the knee; particularly fashionable in the 1960s and 1970s.
Benzedrine
An amphetamine based drug, intended for medical use but has been abused as a stimulant for weight loss or to achieve a euphoric state.
berm
A raised barrier, or mound of earth, separating two areas.
cordovan
A rich burgundy or dark rose colour.
due diligence
A general term for the process of investigation into a potential investment, prior to signing a contract.
duplex
An apartment arranged over two floors.
eggnog
A sweet, dairy based drink made with eggs, milk, cream, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Usually drunk in the USA and Canada during the Christmas season.
Evensong
Daily evening service of Bible readings, prayers and hymns (a Church of England tradition).
fluffernutter
A type of sandwich made from peanut butter and marshmallow cream. Popular in the USA.
gazebo
An outdoor construction, such as a pavilion or summerhouse, positioned to command a nice view.
Herculean
Of great size or power, or requiring great strength or effort, in the manner of Hercules.
kowtow
To kneel or bow down as an act of respect and deference.
kumquat
A small oval, orange coloured exotic fruit of the Citrus family.
Maytag
A home and commercial appliance company, now part of the Whirlpool Group.
mortician
A person whose business is to arrange funerals and perform tasks such as embalming and preparing a body for burial or cremation. Also known as a funeral director.
oratorio
Large musical composition including an orchestra, choir and soloists.
quicklime
A common name for calcium oxide, a corrosive chemical compound.
rice paper
A delicate paper, originating in China, with a delicate appearance and unusual texture. Made from the rice-paper plant (Tetrapanax papyriferum).
sinkhole
A naturally occurring depression or ‘hole’ in the land. They vary in size, with some larger than hundreds of metres, in both breadth and depth. Sinkholes have been used as waste disposal sites although this is less common now due to the known environmental damage via water pollution.
slicker
A long raincoat, usually made of plastic or rubber.
ten-four
Originating from a police code; used to express affirmation or confirmation.
wainscoting
Wooden panelling applied to the walls of a room.
xeroxed
U.S. slang term meaning photocopied; from the common Xerox brand of photocopiers and printers.