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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.
Cord. A cord of wood is a pile of wood cut up for burning, 8ft. by 4ft. and 4ft. thick.
Cordbats, or Cordwood, m. Large pieces of wood, roots, &c, set up in stacks.
Core, w. [Cceur, French, heart.] The middle of a stack of hay which has been cut away all round.
Cotteril, w. A pothook; or a hook to hang spits on.
Cousins, e. To call cousins, is to be on intimate terms; but it is generally used in the negative, as, "She and I doant call cousins at all."
Countable. A contraction of unaccountable.
"Mymistus is countable ornaryagin to-day."
Cracklings, w. Crisp cakes.
Crank, Cranky, e. Merry; cheerful; also drunk.
Crap, or Crapgrass. Ray-grass. Lolium perenne.
Cray-ring, m. The ring on the top of the long handle of a scythe into which the blade is fixed.
Crazy. Out of order; dilapidated. An old decayed building is said to be crazy.
Crazy-house. A lunatic asylum.
Creepers, m. Low pattens mounted on short iron stumps instead of rings.
Crip, or Crup. Crisp.
Crisscross [Christ's Cross], m. The alphabet; so called because in the old horn books it was preceded by a cross.
In the north of England a crisscross is the mark of a person who cannot write his name.
Crock, e. A smut or smudge.
"You have got a crock on your nose."
Crock. [Crocca, Ang. Sax., a pitcher.] An earthen vessel.
"Go to the end of the rainbow and you'll find a crock of gold."                                                                       Sussex Proverb.
The Bavarians have a similar proverb; but they say that the crock can only be found by one who was born on a Sunday, and that if such a person can find it and retain it in his possession, it will always contain three ducats.
Crock Butter, m. Salt butter, which in Sussex is usually potted down in brown earthenware crocks.
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