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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.
Milemas, m. [Corruption of Michaelmas.]
Milkmaids, e. The flowers of the convolvulus septum.
Mind, m. [Mynan, Ang. Sax.] To remember.
"I minds him well, he was along here last Milemas."
Minnis, e. A piece of rising ground.
One of the rocks on the East Hill, at Hastings, is called The Minnis Rock. In Kent the word is used for a high common.
Mints. The mites in cheese, meal or flour.
Minty. Full of mites.
Misagift. Misgiven; mistaken.
Misagree, m. To disagree.
"I doant see how anyone can be off from misagreeing with these here people next door, for the old man's that miserable that he wont lend nothing to nobody, and the children be that mischieful that one doant know where to be for'em."
Mischieful, m. Full of mischief.
Miserable, m. Miserly; stingy.
Misheroon. [Mousseron, French.] A mushroom.
Mislike. [Mislician, Ang. Sax.] To dislike.
"My lord of Winchester, I know your mind; Tis not my speeches that you do mislike, But 'tis my presence that doth trouble you."
—II Henry VI., Act i. sc. I.
Miss. Abbreviation of mistress. The title of a married woman; single ladies being addressed as Mrs.
Mistus. Is the usual pronunciation of mistress.
It is very difficult to say at what age a Sussex man's wife ceases to be his misius and becomes the old 'ooman, and finally lapses (probably in her second childhood) into the old gal.
Misword, m. A cross, angry, or abusive word.
" I am sure my master's never given me a misword all the years we've been married."
Mixen. [Mixen, Ang. Sax.] A heap of mixed manure.
Mizmaze. Confusion.
"He came upon me so quick, and axed me so suddent, I was all of a mizmaze."
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