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

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64                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
A spider is considered a useful insect for the cure of the ague. If taken internally, it should be rolled up in a cobweb and swallowed like a pill. If applied externally, it should be placed in a nutshell and hung round the neck in a bag of black silk. The ague generally hangs about Sussex people a long time.
Joint-steddle, or Joint-stool, w. A stool framed by joinery work, so called in distinction from stools rudely formed of a single block.
" Away with the joint-stools, remove the court-cupboard."
Romeo and Juliet, Act i. sc. 5.
Joram, m. A capacious bowl or goblet; called in Norfolk a Jeroboam.
Jossing-block, e. A block by which a rider mounts his horse, often seen at the gate of a country churchyard in Sussex.
Joss-up, e. To mount a horse.
"Ah! she josses up like- a feather, she doant want no jossing-block nor chair either."
Jostle, m. To cheat.
Jound, m. Joined.
"I jound in with them up at Burwash Wheel, and they jostled me out of ninepence."
Joy. A jay.
" Poor old Master Crockham, he's in terrible order, surelye! The meece have taken his peas, and the joys have got at his beans, and the snags have spilt all his lettuce."
Journey, m. [Journee, French.] A day's work. This word is spelt in old parochial account-books jorney, but in such MSS. the spelling seems to have depended upon the taste or caprice of the writer.
Jub, e. To move slowly arid heavily, like a sluggish horse.
Jub, e. A slow trot.
Jug. A nickname given to the men of Brighton.
Jumping-Betty, e. Impatiens balsamina.
Jump-round-and-hang-by-nothing, e. To make haste.
"She's a capital good girl to work, she can jump round and hang by nothing, I can tell you."
Jump-up-and-kiss-me, m. The pansy. Viola tricolor. June-bug, m. The green beetle.
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