Glossary

Being an activity of such rich and deep history, Stone Clearing has developed its own language. Below we merely brush the surface of the Stone Clearer's vocabulary.


The chapter number in which the word was first used appears in small text

Boyle (n)

An Anglo-Saxon word for field.

Used in the saying "If it's stone it must be thrown, if it's soil leave that on the boyle"

C38

Cairn (n)

A mound of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark, typically on a hilltop or skyline. Richard is slowly building several cairns around the field. The exact number and position is classified.

C0

Chunka (n)

A chunky stone.

C23

Dong (n)

A stone shaped like a gentleman's pipe. The inspiration for the town name of Penistone, West Yorkshire.

C21

Double-header (n)

A stone that emerges from the ground in two places, giving the impression that it is two different stones.

C6
Double-header(artist's impression)

Ftone (v)

A stone, according to The Venerable Bede.

C9

Hasselhoff (v)

To leave the safety of the shoreline and enter the stocean in pursuit of a stone.

C1

Iceberg (n)

What appears to be a small stone, but which turns out to be the tip of a stone that is too large to remove.

C2

Logdog (n)

A log that looks like a dog, thus causing unrest in the mind of the stone clearer, fearful of being caught in the act by the dog's owner.

C5

Molid (n)

An Anglo-Saxon word for a mosquito.

From the well-known phrase "if ye find yeself in a bog, ye must work like a hog. If ye ground she is solid, then work like a molid"

C38

Nest (n)

A small cairn.

C1

Nighthawk (n)

Ne'er-do-wells who lurk at night, hoping to mug stone clearers and take their stones.

C3

Shoreline (n)

The edge of the stocean.

C1

Sibling Stones (n)

What was once a single stone, which through some unknown process has become split into two, though obviously still bearing the hallmarks of a single stone. The siblings must be kept together, and transported to a cairn as a pair.

C5

Soil-blindness (n)

A condition suffered by stone-clearers, where they are unable to see stones among the soil.

C4

Stalactite (n)

A long stone.

C1

Stocean (n)

Stone ocean. Otherwise known as "a field".

C0

Stone-blindness (n)

See soil-blindness.

C38

Tiddler(n)

A small small small stone (according to the 3D scale) or probably fingernail sized (using the SSUs)

C0

Whocean (n)

A stocean that is covered in wheat.

C29