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410            POSITIVE, COMPARATIVE, SUPERLATIVE chap.
degrees of comparison, which are indicated by the accentua­tion, thus:—
Positive—Lamentable (as usually pronounced). Comparative — Larmen table. Superlative—Larmentaable. '"Master Chucks,' he says to me says he, ''tis larmentable purty weather, Master Crockham.' ' Larmentaable !' says I."
Larder (Corruption of ladder) : " Master's got a lodge down en the land yonder, and as I was going across t'other day-morning to fetch a larder we keeps there, a lawyer catched holt an me and scratched my face." (Lawyer : A long bramble full of thorns, so called because, "When once they gets a holt on ye, ye doant easy get shut of 'em.)
Leetle (diminutive of little): " I never see one of these here gurt men there's s'much talk about in the peapers, only once, and that was up at Smiffle Show adunnamany years agoo. Prime minister, they told me he was, up at Lunnon : a leetle, lear, miserable, skinny-looking chap as ever I see [Disraeli, I imagine], 'Why,' I says, 'we doan't count our minister to be much, but he's a deal primer-looking than what yourn be.'"
Loanst (A loan): " Will you lend mother the loanst of a little tea ? "
Master (Pronounced Mass). The distinctive title of a married labourer. A single man will be called by his Christian name all his life long ; but a married man, young or old, is " Master" even to his most intimate friend and fellow workmen, as long as he can earn his own livelihood; but as soon as he becomes past work he turns into " the old gentle­man," leaving the bread-winner to rank as master of the house­hold. " Master" is quite a distinct title from " Mr." which is always pronounced Mus, thus : " Mus " Smith is the employer. " Master " Smith is the man he employs. The old custom of the wife speaking of her husband as her " master" still lingers among elderly people; but both the word and the reasonableness of its use are rapidly disappearing in the
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