Words I’m Going to Learn from Sir Walter Scott!

I finished reading Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Pirate in 2015. As I was reading, I made a list of all the unfamiliar words, allusions, and references I came across, with the intention of looking them up later.

Now that it’s 2016, later has arrived! I fully intend to look up everything on this list. Yay for New Year goals!

By the way, despite not knowing actual meanings of these words, allusions, and references, I still enjoyed the novel immensely and managed to get the sense of their meanings through sheer context alone. I imagine we all do this more than we think when we read fiction for pleasure—it just becomes more obvious when one reads a novel that’s 193 years old and contains a lot of dialect.

The List for The Pirate
Corporal Trim’s story
Ultima Thule
Norwood prophetess
Plight troth
Cup of Geneva or Nantz
Sillocks
Antithetical
Bonny voes and locks
Merk or ure of land
Udallers of Zetland
Allodial
Feudal tenure
Scarts and sheer-waters
Plantie cruize
A right in the scathbold
Governante
Flinch a whale
Scar, wattle, hawken, and hagalef
Ranzellaar
Saint Ronald
Saint Olave
Finners through a herring-net
Opium and bang
Samphire-gatherer
Welking and waving
Gue (instrument?)
Shelldrake
Bonxie
Windlestraw
Black Brunswickers 1815
Ferlies
Weather-gaws
Howf
Bonally
Rummer of brandy
Doited
Mearns
Young Norval, a warrior and a hero
Major and sui juris
Whigamore
Striddle
Coulters, stilts, and mould-boards (parts of a plow?)
Aigre
Bucolic of Virgil
De re rustica by Cato
Palladius I
Terentius Varro
Columellatusse, Hartlib, and rural economics
Lucubrations of the Shepherd of Salisbury Plains
Philomath
Stercorated or unstercorated
Battle of Pharsalia
Emathian
Democritus
Lea
Peghts
Plough-graith
Wind-bill
Eclat
Wakerife
Housewifeskep
Meltith
Crowdie
Vivers must thole fire and water
Deadthraw
Yett
Saint Ronan
Sealgh
Sorner
Thigger
Blate
Tocher
Jagger (peddler?)
Halse
Michaelmas
Scozvries
Ranzelman
Kittywake
Flitchering
Hallanshaker
Jougs at Scalloway
Yarn-windles
Malison
Thigging
Bonduca
Velleda
Aurinia
Guisards and gyre-carlines
Commoved
Bear-braird
Aroint ye
Reim-kennar
Quaigh
Subacud luquor
Serous
Hialtland
Haaf
Silly sumph
Tam o Shanter
Slaps and stiles
Toom pantry
Dowlas
Partan’s back
Back spauld
Spreicherie
Mense or sense
Hirple
A ship embayed
Daikering
Hirsel
Sonsy
Ten guns besides chasers
Tollsell
Scaw of Unst
Sir Arthegal
Bismars
Lipsund
Stillyard
Brigantine
Dogger
Galliot
Sloop
Gaff mainsail
Daffing
Braws
Skudler
Claudio man is sad because he lacks money
In a creel (temper?)
Wowf
Napery
Swabie or swartback
Tirracke
Kittiewake
Duergar
Chaffer whale, pett
Sea mew
Sandie lavrock
Nacket
Faded joseph
Contumacious
Bland (alcohol?)
Molendinary
Forpits
Thirl
Sucken
Nieveful
Bell the cat
Multures
Gowpen and knaveship
Lave
Fashery
Wheen
Hand quern
Trindle
Cog nor happier
Cussers from Lanarkshire
Abyssinian Bruce
Minstrels of Gondar
Ras Michael
Twiscar
Jack and topsail
Scat hold
Dultmalindie
Crown, Tate, Prior, Tom Brown
Pay the kain
John’s Wild Gallant
Tom Shadwell
Rochester, Etheridge
Amphitryon
Outis in the cave of Polyphemus
Dantzig skipper
Horse on errand pas
Sterritone
Awn
Scart the land
Ritt wirh teeth of reddingkame
Causeyed syver
Saint Magnus
Kyloes
Stots
Poltroonery
Gue and Langspiel
Amphitrite
Haaf and voe
Sinclair of Quendale
Farcie on his face
Eider duck and golden eye
Guillemot
Yawl full of punch
Battue
Ulzie
Graip
Bullion
Miching malincho
Faith in freits
Sour sillocks for stock-fish
Roose the ford
Swear donner and blitzen
Bonny-wallies
Pay scat and wattle
Clod compeller (classical reference?)
Stomacher
Urkaster stock-fish
Calcareous rock
Lawting
Raddman
Lawrightmen
Voluspae
Trolld
Haims
Race of Lochlin
Noup and voe
Helyer and gio
Dog-fish
Kiempe
Bourasque
Vuluspa
Unhalsed
Spaed out that ferly
Chapmen
Clashes and clavers
Imber goose
Vivers
Galdragon
Torsk
Skate
Claire obscure
My own dements
Reeve a rope to the yard arm
Caciques
Eace of Pirtland
Pentland Firth
Jhell
Riree’d
Menseful maiden
Grampus
Will D’Avenant
Hand of Chantrey
Plant-a-cruive
Landlouper
Stirrup-cup
Emperor of Ethiopia
Trinculo’s bottle
Emprise
Ground-baits
Barbadoes qaters (rum?)
Saint Ringan
Nae deaf nuts
Meed
Masking fat
Biggin
Yawl
Daft gowk
Saint Ninian
Cerements
Scouries
Vision of Mirza
Nantz
Stiver’s worth of trouble
Frawa Stack off Papa
Flax from the lowe
Demurrage
Bland and brandy
Scouric
Book of Valentine and Orson
Hagbut
Kempies, gall-dragons, and spae women
Well of Kildunguie
Dulse
Wilks, buckies, and lampits
Waws, wells, and swelchies
Cachination
Thairm
Vifda
Rorie Mhor of Dunvegan
Martinmas
Whitsunday
Funking and flinging
Skelping
Apicubus funs
Ugsome
Whomle a bowie
Swattered
Rusk
Paction
Asseveration
Carse of Gowrie
Infang and outfang thief
Petit maitre
Hurly house
Folk are grown very peery
Cleugh
Stroller on the land
Pipe of Trinidado
Cockloft
Saint Olla
English jack and pennon
Atock fish, ling, grampus
Moidores
Grenadoes
Prince Volscius
Playing Harry Glasby
Obi woman
Old mumping magician
Taits of wool
Gallanty Lambmas lads
Spruce beer
Vulnerary
Sixty four cut down
Daffed the world aside
Loblolly boy
Negers
Pro bono publico
Damask
Roadstead
Hellicat devil
Lapelle
Packing and peeling
Lucky Christie’s chickens
Eviting
Curtius
Cowpnf of cobles
Bilboes
Chili boards
Baittle grassland
Leaguer-lass
Grapnel
Scuttle your sconce
Old calabash
Boon topers
Mickle
Bummock
Cutty-axe
A new Timotheus
Play Cassio
Wittols
Bayes on the stage
Scipio at Numantia
Lighted linstock
Jack a lent
Roxalana
Statira
Bam ring with blood and blank verse
A-ranoth
Spanish xebeck
Snap-cholerick
Bearded man of Versailles
Imoinda
Capstern
Can of rumbo
Bullybacks
Daffandilly
Sucked the monkey
Kit Cat Club
Jaffier
Dutch dogger
Careened (something that happens to a ship)
Roscius
Meum and teum
Inanition
Pleonasm

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