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spaniel dog does) : " I goos into the kitchen and I says to my mistus, I says ('twas of a Saddaday), • the old sow's hem ornary,'I says. 'Well,'says she, 'there ain't no call for you to come spanneling about my clean kitchen any more for that,' she says; so I goos out and didn't say naun, for you can't never make no sense of women-folks of a Saddaday."
Surelye: There are few words more frequently used by Sussex people than this. It has no special meaning of its own, but it is added at the end of any sentence to which particular emphasis is required to be given.
Tedious (Excessive; very): " I never did see such tedious bad stuff in all my life." Mr. Parish might here be supplemented by the remark that his definition explains the use of the word by old Walker, as related by Nyren, when bowling to Lord Frederick Beauclerk, " Oh," he said, " that was tedious near you, my lord."
Unaccountable : A very favourite adjective which does duty on all occasions in Sussex. A countryman will scarcely speak three sentences without dragging in this word. A friend of mine who had been remonstrating with one of his parishioners for abusing the parish clerk beyond the bounds of neigh­bourly expression, received the following answer :—" You be quite right, sir; you be quite right. I'd no ought to have said what I did, but I doant mind telling you to your head what I've said a many times behind your back.—We've got a good shepherd, I says, an axcellent shepherd, but he's got an unaccountable bad dog ! "
Valiant (Vaillant, French. Stout; well-built): " What did you think of my friend who preached last Sunday, Master Piper ? " " Ha ! he was a valiant man; he just did stand over the pulpit! Why you beant nothing at all to him ! See what a noble paunch he had ! "
Yarbs (Herbs): An old man in East Sussex said that many people set much store by the doctors, but for his part, he was one for the yarbs, and Paul Podgam was what he
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