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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.
Charger, e. A large platter or meat dish. Charm-stuff, e. Ague medicine.
In Sussex, medicine is generally spoken of as physical
medicine, but it is carefully distinguished from doctor's stuff,
by which a tonic is meant.
The use of charms, especially in cases of ague or wounds, is still prevalent in the country; and the following charm is not unfrequently used for the cure of a burn. It must be repeated three times,
" Two Angels from the North, One brought fire, one brought frost:
Out fire, in frost, In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost."
Chastise, m. To accuse.
" They've been chastising my boy of setting the faggot-stack a-fire."
Chavish, e. A chattering or prattling noise of many persons speaking together. A noise made by a flock of birds.
Check, m. To reproach or taunt.
" He checked him of his cousin Tom (who had been sent to prison)."
Chee, e. A hen-roost. Going to chee is going to roost.
Chequer, w. The service tree. Pyrus torminalis. The fruit is called chequers.
Chess, e. A plaid.
" I brought a chess shawl for mother."
Chick. In East Sussex used as the plural of chicken.
" I reckon you have got a good sight of chick here."
Chicken. In Mid-Sussex used as the plural of chick.
Chill. To take off the extreme coldness from any beverage by placing it before the fire.
"I often gets my mistus to chill a drop of beer for me, when I comes home winter evenings."
Chizzle, w. Bran.
Chizzly, e. [Ceosel, Ang. Sax., sand.] Gritty; harsh and dry under the teeth.
Chogs, m. The refuse cuttings of the hop plants when dressed in the spring before being polled.
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