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4o8                                     EAST AND WEST                                 chap.
"some little birds had built their nests near the posts of Mr. West's gate," a Sussex boy would say, "the birds had built their nestes near the postes of Mr. Westes' gate."
Roughly speaking, Sussex has little or no dialect absolutely its own; for the country speech of the west is practically that also of Hampshire, and of the east, that of Kent. The divid­ing line between east and west, Mr. Cripps of Steyning tells me, is the Adur, once an estuary of the sea rather than the stream it now is, running far inland and separating the two Sussexes with its estranging wave.
Mr. Parish's pages supply the following words and examples of their use, chosen almost at random :—
Adone (Have done, Leave off): I am told on good authority that when a Sussex damsel says, " Oh ! do adone," she means you to go on ; but when she says, " Adone-do," you must leave off immediately.
Crownation (Coronation): " I was married the day the Crownation was, when there was a bullock roasted whole up at Furrel [Firle] Park. 1 doan't know as ever I eat anything so purty in all my life ; but I never got no further than Furrel cross-ways all night, no more didn't a good many."
Dentical (Dainty): " My Master says that this here Prooshian (query Persian) cat what you gave me is a deal too dentical for a poor man's cat; he wants one as will catch the meece and keep herself."
Dunnamany (I do not know how many): " There was a dunnamany people come to see that gurt hog of mine when she was took bad, and they all guv it in as she was took with the information. We did all as ever we could for her. There was a bottle of stuff what I had from the doctor, time my leg was so bad, and we took and mixed it in with some milk and give it to her lew warm, but naun as we could give her didn't seem to do her any good."
Foreigner (A stranger; a person who comes from any other county but Sussex): I have often heard it said of a woman in
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