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A Collection Of Provincialisms In Use In The County Of Sussex.

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Note.—The letters e, m, or w, after a word, indicate that it is used in East, Mid or West Sussex. By East is meant the extreme East of the County. The words marked with an asterisk are those which I have not myself been able to identify, but are given on the authority of the glossaries of Durrant Cooper, Halliwell, or Holloway.
A. The prefixed a-, as used in the Sussex dialect, generally adds some slight force or intensity, and is retained in such words as a-dry, a-lost, a-nigh, &c.
It is also almost invariably used with the participle; as, "I am a-going as soon as I can."
A-bear. [A-biran, Ang. Sax.] An old form of bear, in the sense of endure or like. Used in the negative, " I never could a-bear that chap."
A-bed. In bed.
Abide. [Abidan, Ang. Sax.] To endure. Used with the nega­tive in the same way as a-bear.
Abouten, e. [Abtitan,-Ang. Sax.] Just on the point of having done anything.
Always used with a past tense; as, "I was abouten going out, when Master Noakes he happened along, and he kep' me.
The syllable en is more frequently omitted in Sussex; as, "My knife wants sharping."
Abroad, m. In all directions; all about. b
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