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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.
Cuckoo Gate, m. A gate which shuts upon two posts which are connected with curved bars, so constructed that only one person can conveniently pass through at a time, and for this reason called in Hampshire a kissing-gate.
Culls, or Cullers, m. The inferior sheep of a flock, culled from the rest and offered for sale in a lot by themselves.
Culver. A pigeon or dove. This name is retained in the name of a field at Selmeston, which is called the culver ake (the pigeon's oak).
Curious, e. Unsteady; drunk.
"Doant sit so curious when you're swinging, or you'll fall out."
Cuss. Surly; shrewish.
Cut your Stick. Be off.
This expression is either simply equivalent to a recom­mendation to prepare a staff in readiness for a journey; or it may be connected with the old way of reckoning by notches or tallies on a stick, and so imply a settlement of accounts before departure.
Cutty, m. A wren; also called a kitty.
Dab. The sea-flounder.
Dallop, m. A parcel of tea packed for smuggling, weighing from six to sixteen pounds.
Dallop. A clumsy, shapeless lump of anything tumbled about in the hands.
Dang, or Dannel. Substitutions for damn.
Dappen, m. By the time; or perhaps an abbreviation of " should it happen."
"Dappen I've done this job I'll come and lend yer a hand."
Darks, m. A word used by sailors, but more particularly by smugglers, to signify those nights when the moon does not appear.
In former times, everyone in the agricultural districts of Sussex within reach of the coast was more or less connected
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