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A Collection Of Provincialisms In Use In The County Of Sussex.

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34                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
with smuggling. The labourer was always ready to help whenever the darks favoured "a run;" the farmer allowed his horses to be borrowed from his stable; the parson (certainly at Selmeston) expressed no surprise at finding tea and tubs buried in the churchyard vaults; the squire asked no questions; the excisemen compounded with the smugglers, and when a difficulty arose as to price, and hard blows where struck, the doctor bound up the wounds for nothing, and made no enquiry as to the dallops of tea or kegs of French brandy, which from time to time were found mysteriously deposited on his doorstep at daybreak.
Darling, or Dawlin, m. The smallest pig of a litter; an unhealthy child.
Dead Alive. Dull; heavy; stupid.
Dead Horse, e. To work for a dead horse is to labour for wages already received, or to work out an old debt.
Deal, m. The nipple of a sow.
Deared. Deafened.
"I was amost deared, they made such a noise."
Death, m. Deaf. It is rather startling to be told that a person is afflicted with deathness.
Dee, and To-dee. Day, and to-day.
Deedy. Clever; industrious.
Deedily, e. Earnestly.
"You was talking so deedily that I didn't like to interrupt you."
Deese, e. A place where herrings are dried, now more generally called a herring-hang, from the fish being hung on sticks to dry.
Deeve. Dive. The pronunciation of the i like that of the French i is very common in Sussex.
Denial, m. A hindrance. "His deathness is a great denial to him."
Densher Plough, m. [Devonshire plough?] An instrument used for turf-cutting.
Dentical, m. Dainty.
" My master says that this here Prooshian (query, Persian ?) cat what you gave me is a deal too dentical for a poor man's cat; he wants one as will catch the meece and keep herself."
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