Additional Words I Learned From Sir Walter Scott

Thanks again to Sir Walter Scott, I learned a vast number of new words while reading his novel The Monastery. An exceptionally small sampling follows.


A paronomasia is a play on words, especially a pun. (


A clachan is a small village or hamlet. (


A cruive is a kind of weir or dam for trapping salmon; a sort of hedge formed of stakes on a tidal river or the sea-beach, for catching fish; or a hovel. (


To be bodin is to be summoned or requested to appear in arms. (Dictionary of the Scots Language)


In Scots law, effeir means to be suitable or to belong. An effeir is also that which belongs or is becoming to one’s rank or station. An effeir is a property, quality, state, or condition. (


To obnubilate is to cloud over, becloud, darken, or obscure. (


A harquebusier is a soldier armed with a harquebus, which is a term for any of several small-caliber long guns operated by a matchlock or wheel-lock mechanism, dating from about 1400. (

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