- Damaraland – name given to north-central part of what has now become Namibia
- “Glen of a brawling stream” (brawling) – to flow noisily (as in water)
- Plashing (re: water) – a gentle splash OR a pool or a puddle
- Runnels (of a bog) – a small stream or a brook with narrow channels; a rivulet
- Haugh (re: a river) – (Scottish) a low-lying meadow by the side of a river
- Slewed (along a road) – to turn something on its axis to change direction (i.e. turn car around)
- Leather ulster – heavy overcoat (see image)
- Boss (“on the central boss of a huge country) – a protuberant part of land (higher than surroundings)
- Suckle (“a back like a suckle”) – don’t know. Any ideas? It refers to a human’s back.
- Tonneau – rear seating in back of older cars, quite smaller than the front.
- Burn (landscape/Scotland) – a watercourse (ranging in size from small to large river)
- Monkey-faced pistol tricks – umm. Not sure. Any ideas?
- Press (Scottish word linked with cupboards?) – a cupboard that is attached to the wall and stores things (British)
- Lentonite – a type of explosive (another name linked with dynamite perhaps?)
- Mill-lade – type of water mill (or part of a water mill?)
- Gloaming – time after sunset and before the dark. (I knew this deep down inside.)
- Lee (“the lee of a stone dyke”) – the side that is sheltered from the wind
- Lasher (re: a mill) – the slack water that is collected about a weir in a river
- Trunk call (re: telephone) – a long-distance telephone call (first seen in 1905 British)
- “Canting philosophy of a grapeless fox” – ??? (From Sister Carrie.)
(Taken from Sister Carrie (Dreiser) and Thirty Nine Steps (Buchan).
“Some people have a way with words, and other people…oh, uh, not have way.” Steve Martin