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

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72                      A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
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Mad. Enraged.
"Ah! he just will be mad if he comes to hear an't."
Maid, e. This word is still sometimes used for children of both sexes who are too young to work.
"Words not a few were once applied to both sexes alike which are now restricted to the female, it is so even with girl, which once meant a young person of either sex."
Archbishop Trench, "English Past and English Present."
Make or Mend, e. To interfere.
" He must go his own way, I'm not a-going to make or mend any more."
Malt-stirrer, w A stick with sort of lattice work at the end, used for stirring the malt in brewing.
Mannered, m. A meadow abounding in sweet grasses is said to be good mannered.
"You wunt have such a very out-de-way gurt swarth, but 'tis countable purty mannered stuff, I call it."
Marchet, w. " Every widow holding by her bench is bound by the custom of the manor to pay unto the lord of the said manor, at the time of her next marriage after she is first a widow, her best beast of any manner of quick cattle, for and in the name of a Marchant, otherwise called a Marchet."                                 Customs of the Manor of Bosham.
Mare, w. A shallow lake.
Marestails. Streaky white clouds, said to indicate wind.
Martin, e. When a cow has two calves, one of which is a male and the other a female, the latter is called a free-martin, and it is supposed that she will always be barren.
Marvel. Hoarhound.
Mask. Completely covered with anything, but generally mud or blood.
"Why! you're one mask! Wherever have you been?" "The boys shoved me into the masoner's mortar mixen."
Masoner, m. A bricklayer.
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