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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.
Earsh, w. A stubble field; as a wheat earsh, a barley earsh— frequently pronounced ash.
Earth. To turn up the ground as a mole does.
Eddel. [Ang. Sax., adl, corrupted.] Rotten.
Eelshear, e. An iron instrument with three or four points, fastened to the end of a long pole, by means of which it is thrust into muddy ponds and ditches for the purpose of catching eels.
E'en-a'most. [Corruption of even almost.] Nearly.
"'Tis e'en-a'most time you gave over eelshearing for this year."
Effet, m. [Efete, Ang. Sax.] A newt or eft. Dry efts are those found in the earth under hedge banks, and are said by the country people to be poisonous.
Egg. [Eggian, Ang. Sax., to excite.] To urge on; to incite.
Eldern. Made of elder. (See Ether.)
Elevener, w. A luncheon. In Durham the haymakers and reapers call their afternoon meal in the field their "four o'clock."
Ellar and Ellet, e. [Elarn, Ang. Sax.] The elder tree.
Eller. The alder tree.
Ellem and Elven, m. [Ellm, Sax.] The elm.
Ellynge, m. [Ellende, Ang. Sax., foreign.] Solitary; far from neighbours; uncanny.
"'Tis a terrible ellynge lonesome old house, and they do say as how there's a man walks under them gurt elven trees o'nights, but I've never seen him myself."
End-on, e. In a great hurry.
"He went at it end on, as though he meant to finish afore he begun."
Enew. Enough.
Ernful. Sad; lamentable.
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