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

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A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Agwain. Going.
Along-of. On account of.
"Along of her it was that we met here so strangely."
Cymbeline, Act v. sc. 5. This expression is often expanded into all-along-of, and even, all-through-along-on-account-of; as " Master Piper he lost his life all-through-along-on-account-of drink."
All-on, m. Incessantly.
" He kept all-on making a noise." All-one. All the same; as,
"Well, 'tis all one whether ye do or whether ye doant." Allow. To give as an opinion.
"As I was agwaine down the street, I ses to Master Nappet ses I, what d'ye think of this here job down at the blacksmith's ? I ses, and Master Nappet he allowed that it was amost too bad!"
Alltsinit, m. [All that's in it.] Merely.
Amendment, m. Manure.
"You go down to the ten-acre field, and spread that amendment abroad, and peck up them ammut-castes."
Ammuts, m. Emmets; ants.
Ammut-castes. Emmet-castes; ant-hills.
This form of plural is invariably retained in words ending with st, as postes, nestes. The reduplicated plural is also not unfrequently used; and a Sussex man would see nothing absurd in saying,
"I saw the ghostesses, Sitting on the postesses, Eating of their toastesses, And fighting with their fistesses."
Amost. Almost.
Amper.* A flaw or fault in linen or woollen cloth.
Ampery, m. [Ampre, Ang. Sax., a flaw.] Beginning to decay, especially applied to cheese.
Ampery. Weak; unhealthy.
Ampre-ang.* A decayed tooth.
Ancliff-bone. In East Sussex, I have put out my ancliff-bone, is equivalent to I have sprained my ankle. b 2
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