One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they dozed beside the gurgling brook’
stream, small river, streamlet, rivulet, rill, brooklet, runnel, runlet, freshet, gill
Northern English beck
British dialect bourn
NZ Australian billabong
Northern English Scottish informal burn
NZ Australian North American creek
1‘the authorities would brook no delay’
tolerate, allow, stand, bear, abide, stomach, swallow, put up with, go along with, endure, suffer, withstand, cope with
accept, permit, admit of, countenance
informal stand for, stick, hack
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