amyl nitrite
drug used to enhance the effects of a stimulant drug
andiron
horizontal iron bar upon which logs are laid for burning in an open fireplace
anvil
heavy iron or steel block on which hot metals are hammered into shape
arbor
shady place in a garden or park often containing latticework on which climbing shrubs or vines are grown
Asti Spumante
white sparkling wine produced in an area to the south of the town of Asti in Piedmont, Italy
AstroTurf
brand of artificial turf
Bermuda shorts
type of short trousers named after the British overseas territory Bermuda because during World War II a tailor made a uniform for the two banks in Bermuda owing to a clothes shortage
bifocal
spectacles with lenses containing two different optical powers
Boone's Farm
brand of apple wine, now malt-based, produced by the E & J Gallo Winery in California
butcher paper
sturdy paper that resists penetration by blood or meat fluids
canopy bed
four-poster bed with fabric draped over it
cerulean
light shade of blue
ChapStick
brand of lip balm
clorox
brand of bleach
commencement
graduation ceremony - in the United States also follows schooling milestones such as middle school and high school as well as university
crabgrass
common name for a genus of around 300 species of grass called Digitaria
denuding
stripping bare or destroying all plant and animal life in an area
depilatory wax
wax for removing unwanted hair from the body
dormer
structural element of a building that protrudes from the plane of a sloping roof surface
douches
devices used to clean the vagina
efficiency apartment
very small flat/apartment containing a bedroom, kitchenette and living space in the same room
effluvia
exhalations or auras
EMS
Emergency Medical Services (ambulance)
Epsom salts
common name for heptahydrate epsomite, named after Epsom in Surrey and commonly used in bath salts
esophagus
alimentary canal that connects the throat to the stomach
eyeglasses
spectacles
faucet
tap
FBI
Federal Bureau of Investigation - US criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency
fender bender
minor car accident
festoon
decorate with strings of flowers
fiberglass
material (often plastic) reinforced with thin glass fibres
firecrackers
fireworks
flotsam
floating refuse or debris
flower show
exhibition of plants and gardens
fructifying
making fruitful or productive
FTD
Florists' Transworld Delivery, a floral delivery service
Good Humor
brand of ice cream
gouger
tool with a blade like a trough for cutting channels or grooves
gyno
gynecologist, the medical practictioner dealing with the health of the female reproductive system
hash
preparation of cannabis
have another belt
vigorously have another go
hermetic
airtight
ice floe
floating chunk of ice that is less than 10km wide
ileum
last part of the small intestine before the large intestine
ingots
mass of metal cast in a standard shape for convenient storage or shipment
Ivory
brand of soap
Jacobsen's
regional department store (actually Jacobson's) that primarily operated in Michigan and Florida
john
toilet
Kenitex
brand of wall coating
Kleenex
brand of facial tissue
Kool-Aid
brand of flavoured drink mix
Kraft
largest confectionery, food, and beverage corporation headquartered in the United States
lattice
framework made of strips of crossed wood or metal and fastened together with square or diamond-shaped spaces left between
La-Z-Boy
Brand of luxury recliner armchair
Lions Club
secular organisation founded in 1917 with the aim of improving communities on a local and global scale
Little League
baseball league for players between 8 and 12 years of age
M&Ms
brand of small, round-shaped confectionary with coloured shells
Magic Marker
brand of felt-tip pen
mongoloid
pejorative term to a person with Down's syndrome, more socially acceptable in the past
monolithic
massive, unchanging structure (originally formed by a single rock)
No Doz
brand of caffeine tablet that is used as a stimulant to stay awake
patina
layer of oxide on metal or, more generally, the dicolouration of an object over time
Penney's
department store chain (now known as J.C. Penney)
phalanx
body of troops in close array (originally, in ancient Greece, heavily armed infantry with shields joined together)
plate-glass picture windows
large flat glass windows that do not open or close
Playbill
monthly US magazine for theatregoers, also synonymous with any theatre programme in the United States
Popsicle
brand of ice lolly
pre-cal
precalculus - advanced form of secondary school algebra
ratchet
wrench tool with a recess that grips the head of a fastener or fitting in order to stop it turning
rec room
room, normally in a house, used for recreational purposes
rectory
residence provided by a church to a priest or minister
Rice Krispies
brand of breakfast cereal
Rit
brand of dye
router
woodworking tool used to hollow an area in the face of a piece of wood
sambuca
Italian anise-flavoured, usually colourless, liqueur
Schnauzer
breed of dog with a distinctively bearded snout
Scotch tape
brand of transparent adhesive tape made from cellophane
scraper
shaping and finishing tool used to remove small amounts of material from wood
Sears
chain of department stores
Senor
Spanish term of address similar to 'Sir' or 'Mr.'
sepulchre
vault or tomb made of stone where a dead person is buried
seraglio
living quarters used by wives and concubines in a Turkish household
seraphic
resembling a seraph, an angel of the highest order
sprinkler
machine for watering vegetation and plants
station wagon
car with an extended interior containing extra seats or a larger luggage area compared with an ordinary car
Stoic
one belonging to an ancient school of philosophy that posits the belief that the good man is the one who withstands hardship
stringer
device used to string and carry fish
study halls
period of school day or room set aside for personal study
subdivision
division of land into smaller pieces that are easier to sell
succubus
female demon appearing in dreams, taking the form of a human woman to seduce men
tableau
dramatically striking scene, generally arranged
Tampax
brand of tampon
THC
tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive substance in cannabis
tourniquet
constricting device used to control blood circulation to a limb
V.F.W.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vicks VapoRub
brand of mentholated cream normally applied to the chest to assist with minor breathing problems associated with colds
votive
object deposited in a sacred place for a religious purpose
WaterPik
brand of oral irrigator, a device that uses a pulsating jet of water to remove plaque between teeth
wax paper
paper made moisture proof through the application of wax
whittled
shapes carved out of raw wood with a knife
wing chair
luxury chair with 'wings' mounted to the head rest to prevent drafts that often extend to the arm rests
yia yia
Greek term for grandmother
Ziploc
brand of resealable storage bag