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

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48                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Garreting, w. Small pieces of flint stuck in the mortar courses in building.
Gaskin, e. [Gascony.] A kind of cherry largely grown in the neighbourhood of Rye, which is called indifferently "geen" or "gaskin," having been brought from France by Joan of Kent when her husband, the Black Prince, was commanding in Guienne and Gascony.
In olden days a Lord of Berkeley finding housekeeping too costly, agreed with the widow of a Kentish nobleman for lodging and maintenance of himself, his wife, her two waiting women, six serving men, and horses for the whole party at £200 a year, but he died before the year was out of eating too many gaskins.
Gate, w. A farmyard.
Gaunt, e. [Geanian, Ang. Sax.] To yawn.
Gay-ground, e. A flower garden.
"I likes to have a bit of gayground under the window for a look out."
Gazels, e. [Groseiller, a currant tree.] All kinds of berries, but especially black currants.
Gazel tea is a favourite remedy for a cold.
Geat. [Geat, Ang. Sax., a gate.] The Anglo-Saxon form of the word is always used for gate in Sussex.
Gee, m. To get on well with a person.
"We've lived up agin one another for a good many years, and we've always geed together very nicely."
Geemeny, m. [Corruption of O Gemini!]
"Geemeny! you do mean to be spicy."
Geen, e. [Guienne, French.] (See Gaskin.)
Gee-woot. An expression used by waggoners to make the lead­ing horse go to the off side; to the shaft horse the word for the same purpose is hoot.
Generally-always, m. A superlative form of generally.
" My master generally-always comes home none the better for what he's had of a Saddaday night."
Gentleman, m. A person who does not earn his own living. Anyone who is disabled from work. The term is sometimes applied to a sick woman, or even to a horse.
"I'm sure I've done all I could for mother; if she isn't a gentleman I should like to know who is!"
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