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

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46                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Frayel, m. A flexible basket made of bulrushes, commonly used for packing game.
Frenchy, e. A foreigner of any country who cannot speak English, the nationality being added or not, as the case seems to require; thus an old fisherman, giving an account of a Swedish vessel which was wrecked on the coast a year or two ago, finished by saying that he thought the French Frenchys, take 'em all in all, were better than the Swedish Frenchys, for he could make out what they were driving at, but he was all at sea with the others.
Fresh, m. Home-brewed small beer, which must be drunk while new or fresh.
Fresh, e. To decorate; to renew.
"I freshed up my bonnet with those ribbons you gave me."
Fresh, e. Fresh air.
"It feels very close to you coming in out of the fresh, but Jane she's had her fevers all day, and I dursn't set the the window open to let in any fresh, for I was afraid 'twould give her cold." Fresh. Not quite drunk, but rather noisy. Frit, e. Frightened.
"I was quite frit to see him so near the water."
Frith, e. Young underwood; brushwood growing by the side of hedges.
Frore, w. Frozen. Spenser uses frorne in the same sense.
Frostbeck, w. A strong handbill for cutting up turnips when they are frozen.
Frouden, m; or Frought, w. Frightened.
I met an elderly man one evening going through the churchyard; it was too dark to see who he was, and I passed without speaking. To my surprise he stopped and began shouting as loud as he could; and recognising his voice, I went back to ask him what was the matter. "Oh dear me, sir!" he said, "is that you? I didn't know it was you, sir, I'm sure I beg your pardon." It was in vain that I enquired why he was making such a dreadful noise; no answer could I get, beyond that he didn't know who it was. So I wished him good night and went on, under the impression that he was drunk; but the matter was explained by his turning back to say, "I beg your pardon, sir, but I hope you doant think I was frouden! Bless me, no! I was noways frouden, not at all! I'm a man as aint easily frouden at meeting anyone in the churchyard after dark."
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