A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect. 35
Devil. This word scarcely ought to have a place in a dictionary of the Sussex dialect, for the country people are very careful indeed to avoid using it. The devil is always spoken of as he, with a special emphasis.
"In the Downs there's a golden calf buried; people know very well where it is—I could show you the place any day. Then why doant they dig it up? Oh, it is not allowed; he would not let them. Has anyone ever tried ? Oh, yes, but it's never there when you look, he moves it away."
Dezzick, m. A day's work.
"I aint done a dezzick for the last six months." Dick. [Dic, Ang. Sax., a trench.] A ditch. Dight. [Dihtan, Ang. Sax., to prepare.] To adorn; to dress.
"She is gone upstairs to dight-up."
Dimsel, e. A piece of stagnant water, larger than a pond and smaller than a lake.
Dish of Tongues. A scolding.
"He'll get a middlin' dish of tongues when his mistus comes to hear an't."
Dishabill. [Deshabille, French, an undress.] Disorder.
" My house is not fit for you to come in, for we're all of a dishabill."
Dishwasher. The water-wagtail.
Disremember, m. To forget.
" I can't think of his name; I do disremember things so."
Dissight, m. An unsightly object.
Dobbs, or Master Dobbs, e. A kind of brownie or house-fairy who does all sorts of work for members of the family. " Master Dobbs has been helping you," is a common expression to use to a person who has done more work than was expected.
Dobbin. Sea-gravel mixed with sand.
Doddle. To wag; tremble; walk infirmly.
"Old Master Packlebury begins to get very doddlish."
Doddlegrass. Briza media, or quaking grass, called in the north "doddering dick."
Dog, m. An instrument used by thatchers.
Dogs. Small rests for the logs in the old open hearths, the top or ornamental part of which very often had the head of a dog on it.