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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.                     25
Catch Hurt, m. To meet with an accident. An old man once told me that he catched hurt at Chiddingly Church, meaning that he got married there.
Catercross, w. Slanting.
Catering, m. From corner to corner.
Caterwise, m. Diagonally.
" If you goos caterwise across the field you'll find the stile."
Cats Tails. The male blossom of hazel or willow.
Catterning. To go catterning is to go round begging for apples and beer for a festival on St. Catherine's Day, and singing,
"Cattern' and Clemen' be here, here, here, Give us your apples and give us your beer, One for Peter, Two for Paul,
Three for him who made us all; Clemen' was a good man, Cattern' was his mother; Give us your best, And not your worst, And God will give your soul good rest."
Cavings, w. [Ceaf, Ang. Sax., chaff.] The short straws or ears which are raked off the corn when it is thrashed.
Caving-riddle, w. A sieve for cavings.
Certain Sure, e. The superlative of certainly.
" I hope you are pretty well to-day. Certain sure, indeed!"
Chacket, m. To cough.
Chance-born, e. An illegitimate child.
Champ, w. Firm; hard.
" The river has a champ bottom."
Changes. Shirts and shifts.
If you ask what a girl or boy stand most in need of on first going to service, you are sure to be told "changes." I have not got a change means, I have no linen.
The following inventory of the outfit of a girl going to service is taken from the account book of Selmeston parish, 1745:"An account of Grace Barber's cloaths,14 caps and moobs, 2 changes, one gown, 2 white hancerchifs, 3 coats, 2 spackol hancerchifs, one white apron, 2 other aprons."
Chapel-master, m. A dissenting preacher.
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