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

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82                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
four persons only—the bride and bridegroom, the bridesmaid, and the old father, who is usually the sweetheart of the bridesmaid if she is a single woman (which is not necessarily the case).
I was once marrying a shepherd who had arrayed himself in a very tight pair of white kid gloves; and suggested before the service began that he had better remove the glove from his right hand. " What!" he exclaimed, " Must I have her off? Then if she takes as long to come off as she did to putt on, we shan't get this here job over to-day."
Old-man's-nightcap. Convolvulus sepium.
One, e. To be at one, is to be consistent and determined.
One. To be one, is to be good friends; to be at two, is to quarrel.
Ood, m. [Corruption of Wood.] Open, m. Not spayed; said of a sow.
Oration. A fuss, not necessarily expressed by words.
"He makes such an oration about anything." Order, m. Bad temper.
"He's in middlin' order, I can tell ye."
Ore, e. Seaweeds washed on shore by the tides.
Ornary. [Corruption of Ordinary.] Inferior; unwell.
Orts, m. Odds and ends; fragments of broken victuals. "The fractions of her faith, orts of her love, The fragments, scraps, the bits, and greasy reliques, Of her o'er eaten faith, are bound to Diomed."
Troilus and Cresdda, Act v. sc. 2. Othersome. Some other.
" Sometimes my old gal's better than what she be other-some, but she be hem ornary again to-dee."
Otherwheres. Some other place.
"The King hath sent me otherwhere."
King Henry VIII., Act ii. sc. 2. Otherwhile. Sometimes; occasionally.
"I has a horn of beer otherwhile, but never nothing to do me no hurt."
Ought, m. [See No-ought.]
Ourn. Ours.
Out-asked, or Out-of-ask. To have had the banns published three times.
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