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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.
Choice, m. Careful.
"He aint got but two brockyloes, but he's middlin' choice over them, I can tell ye."
Chock. To choke.
Chockly, m. Choky; dry.
Chopper, w. A dried pig's face.
Chow, m. To chew.
" The old cow's better this morning, she's up and chowing her quid."
Chucker, m. Cosily; to chucker oneself is to chuckle over anything.
Chucks, m. Large chips of wood. Chuckle-headed. Stupid.
Chuff, m. Churlish; surly.
" The old gentleman he went out to get a few chucks, and there they was, a sitting in the wood-house together jes' as chucker; and he was middlin' chuff about it, I bluv!"
Church-bawled, or Church-cried, m. Having the banns published in church.
The tradition in Sussex is that if a person goes to church to hear himself cried, his children will be born deaf and dumb.
Church-litten, m. [Lictun, Ang. Sax., a burying-place.] A church-yard.
Clam. [Clam, Ang. Sax., anything that holds or retains.] A rat-trap.
Clapper. The tongue.
" He hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks his tongue speaks."
Much Ado About Nothing, Act iii. sc. 2.
Clavels, w. The separate corns in an ear of wheat.
Cleat, e. A piece of wood placed to prevent a door or gate from swinging backwards and forwards.
Cleat-boards, w. Mud pattens; broad flat pieces of board fastened on the shoes to enable a person to walk on the mud without sinking into it; much used by the eel-spearers at Chichester harbour and elsewhere.
Clemmening. Going round from house to house asking for apples and beer for St. Clement's Day. c
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