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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.                     47
Furlong. A division of tenantry land.
Furnage, w. A sum formerly paid by the tenants of the lord of the manor for right to bake in his oven.
Futtice, e. A weazel.
G.
Gaberdine, m. A loose frock still worn in Sussex by farm
labourers.
"My best way is to creep under his gaberdine."
Tempest, Act ii. sc. 2.
Gaffer, m. Abbreviation of grandfather.
Gaffer, m. A master.
"Gaffer has given me a holiday."
Gagy, e. Showery.
Galleybird, or Gallowsbird. The woodpecker.
Galore.* In abundance. This old Celtic word is still in common use in Scotland and Ireland.
Gallows. To die under the gallows is said to be the fate of a person who dies of overwork.
Gameling, e. [Gamen, Ang. Sax., a game.] Romping about.
Gammer, m. Abbreviation of grandmother.
Ganse, e. Merriment; hilarity.
Gansing-gay, e. Cheerful; lively.
" Some people said the children would always be inter­rupting of us if we went to live so near the school, but for my part I likes to hear them, their voices is so gansing gay its quite company to me."
Gap, m. [Geapu, Ang. Sax., a space.] An opening through the chalk cliffs on the Southdowns leading to the sea, as Biding Gap, Copperas Gap, &c; also called a gut.
Gape Seed." Something to stare at. A person staring out of window is said to be sowing gape seed.
Garatwist.* Altogether on one side.
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