malaise - a condition of bodily uneasiness or discomfort, esp. a condition of bodily suffering or lassitude, without the development of specific disease.

Sagitarius - Astr. The zodiacal constellation of the Archer; hence, the ninth sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters about 22 Nov.

Draco - a northern constellation  

collier - one whose occupation or trade is to procure or supply coal (formerly charcoal); one engaged in the coal trade; Often used with allusion to the dirtiness of the trade in coal, or the evil repute of the collier for cheating.                                         holy cross


marshalled - drawn up in ranks, arranged in order, etc.

causeway;                  the Giant's Causeway - a natural formation in county Antrim, Ireland, consisting of a collection of basaltic columns extending like a mole or pier into the sea.       

rout - disorderly or precipitate retreat on the part of a defeated army, body of troops, etc.

gospel* - 'the glad tidings (of the kingdom of God)' announced to the world by Jesus Christ; Hence, the body of religious doctrine taught by Christ and His apostles; one of the books written by the four Evangelists.


perfidious Albion* - a rhetorical expression for 'England', with reference to her alleged treacherous policy towards foreigners.

ungain* - unpleasant, disagreeable; awkward, inconvenient, troublesome, difficult.

Galwegian - an inhabitant or native of Galloway; belonging to Galloway

caftan - a garment worn in Turkey and other eastern countries, consisting of a kind of long under-tunic or vest tied at the waist with the girdle                                                                                                                                                                          captain




forward movement - recently often used to denote a special effort made by a political party, a religious or benevolent organization, etc., in order to make more rapid progress.

despatch - to send off post-haste or with expedition or promptitude (a messenger, message, etc., having an express destination); to dispose or rid oneself promptly of (a piece of business, etc.); to get done, get through, accomplish, settle, finish off, conclude, execute promptly or speedily; to start promptly for a place, get away quickly, make haste to go.

slink - Of persons: To move, go, walk, etc. in a quiet, stealthy, or sneaking manner                                                           slinging

surtout* - a long close fitting overcoat

squad = squaddy - short and thick-set

mutton - a sheep; esp. one intended to be eaten. Now only jocular.




anger get up

skupština* - the national assembly of Yugoslavia; formerly, of Serbia or Montenegro.

noys* = noise

tutelage* - the office or function of a guardian; protection, care, guardianship, patronage; governorship of a ward. Also fig.; instruction, tuition.

a posteriori* - A phrase used to characterize reasoning or arguing from effects to causes, from experience and not from axioms; empirical, inductive.





septuple - sevenfold


scout - to reconnoitre, to examine with a view to obtaining information; to reject with scorn (a proposition); to treat as absurd (an idea); to dismiss scornfully the pretensions of (a person, a work, etc.).  

nichts (d) - nothing


fol = fool (obs.); full (obs.)                                                                                                                                                 feel

script* - something written, a piece of writing. (now rare.) 

quir = choir - a company of singers

queer man


ancient* - one who lived in ancient times. Commonly in pl. the Ancients: esp. the ancient Greeks, Romans, and other civilized nations of antiquity. 

grand opera* - serious opera without spoken dialogue

son of a gun* - a somewhat depreciatory term for 'man, fellow';                            soun = son (obs.)

Sabaoth - A Hebrew word (lit. 'armies', 'hosts'), retained untranslated in the English New Testament.

smook - to smoke 

to light or burn the candle at both ends* - to consume or waste in two directions at once.


duvan (sr.) - tobacco



legging - making a 'leg' or obeisance

lugged - having 'lugs' or ears

pulver - powder, dust

easy chair* - a chair adapted for sitting or half reclining in an easy posture, often furnished with arms and padded back = stolica (sr.)

nemesis - the goddess of retribution or vengeance; hence, one who avenges or punishes; retributive justice.

celebrate* - to honour with religious ceremonies, festivities, or other observances (an event, occasion); to speak the praises of, extol, publish the fame of.

orthodox* - the specific epithet of the Eastern Church, which recognizes the headship of the Patriarch of Constantinople, and of the various national churches of Russia, Serbia, Romania, etc., which hold the same 'orthodox' creed, and recognize each other as of the same communion.

heavenly - of, in, or belonging to heaven, as the abode of God; divine, celestial; divine, sacred, holy, blessed.


coram* - A Latin preposition meaning 'before, in the presence of'

perished - decayed, wasted; dead or brought to the point of death with cold or privation.

averred - asserted, maintained

cromlech* - a structure of prehistoric age consisting of a large flat or flattish unhewn stone resting horizontally on three or more stones set upright.

lewd - lay, not in holy orders, not clerical (obs.); common, low, vulgar, 'base' (obs.)

recipe - (v.) imp. = 'Take' (obs.)                                                                                                                                    reciting

cheatery* - the practice of cheating; swindling, trickery


haftarah* = haphtarah - the lesson from one of the Prophets, which is associated with each lesson from the Law (called parashah), and is read after it in the Jewish synagogue on the sabbath.




bibber - one who drinks frequently, a tippler                                                                                                                 shivering


verset - a little or short verse, esp. one of the Bible or similar book