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

Blackie (n)

A black stone.

It is considered unhelpful to categorise stones by their colours. All are equal in the stone-clearer's eyes, though larger ones are generally considered to be a bit better.


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"


Brownie (n)

A brown stone.

Again, it's not good to get mired down in the categorisation of stones by colour. Let us not speak of it again.


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.


Chunka (n)

A chunky stone.


Dong (n)

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


Double-header (n)

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

Double-header(artist's impression)

Edmonds (v)

To dismiss a request cheaply. A reference to the work of cosmic-ordering-idiot Noel Edmonds. He would cut off callers on his programmes who asked to say hello to someone by responding with "you just did."


Ftone (n)

A stone, according to The Venerable Bede.


Hasselhoff (v)

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


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.


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.


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"


Nest (n)

A small cairn.


Nighthawk (n)

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


Reverse Iceberg (n)

A stone that looks like it probably has a lot of body underneath the surface, but which turns out to be much smaller than expected.


Shoreline (n)

The edge of the stocean.


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.


Soil-blindness (n)

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


Stalactite (n)

A long stone.


Stocean (n)

Stone ocean. Otherwise known as "a field".


Stone-blindness (n)

See soil-blindness.



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


Whocean (n)

A stocean that is covered in wheat.