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

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78                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialed.
Mum-chance, m. A stupid, silent fellow.
Mush, e. A marsh.
"He's a stupid mumchance chap; seems as though he'd
lived all his time down in the mush and never spoken to
no-one." Music. Any musical instrument.
N.
Nabble, m. To chatter; to gossip; to idle about.
Nabbler. A gossip.
Nail. A weight of eight pounds.
"The hog weighed twelve nails." Napery, w. [Nappe, French, a table cloth.] Linen, but especially table linen.
Narre, w. [Knorren, Dutch, to growl.] To growl like a dog.
Native. Birthplace; native place. Used as a substantive.
"Heathfield is my native. I was borned at the cottage just beyond the pay-gate where there's postes beside the road."
Naughty-man's-plaything. Stinging nettle. Urtica dioica.
Naun, m. Nothing.
Naun-but. Only; answering to the northern expression nobbut.
"I should have gone to Lewes market naunbut I hadn't got naun to take there."
Near, m. Stingy.
Neat. Exact; full; said of measurements, as "Tis ten rod neat, no more nor no less."
Neb, e. [Neb, Ang. Sax., the bill or beak.] The pole of an ox­cart, or timber tug, so called from its shape.
Neb, m. The handle of a scythe.
Neighbour-together. To be good friends.
Neighbour's-fare, e. The same bad luck.
"We've got neighbour's fare, for we've neither of us got an umbrella."
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