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

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84                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Pallant. [Palent, Ang. Sax., a palace.] The Pallant is a dis≠trict of Chichester opening from the West-street.
Murray says "It forms a miniature Chichester with its own four streets, and is the palatinate, or Archbishop's peculiar." Palm. The bloom of the willow, which is worn on Palm Sunday. In Kent yew-trees are always called palms.
Pannage, m. The mast of the oak and beech on which swine feed in the woods.
A copyhold right to these existed in one of the manors of Brighton.
Pandle, m. A shrimp. Also used in Kent.
Parget. [Old English pariet, a wall; derived from the Latin
paries.] To plaster with cement; especially to plaster the
inside of a chimney with cement made of cow-dung and
lime. Parly. [Parler, French, to talk.] To talk French, or to talk
unintelligibly. A fisherman said, " I can make shift to parly a bit myself,
but deuce-a-bit can I make out when the Frenchies begins
to parly me." A maid servant being asked who was with her master,
answered that she didn't rightly know, but she knew he
was a Parly-German !
Parson-rook. A Royston-crow.
This species has obtained the specific name given by the Romans to some bird of the crow kind, deemed of unlucky omenósinistra comix.
Partial. To be partial to anything, means, to like it; generally in the sense of relishing.
"I be very partial to a few pandles."
Particular, m. To look particular, is to look unwell.
"He's been looking very particular for some time past."
Passel, m. [Corruption of Parcel.]
Pastime, m. [Pass and time.] This word is used according to its original acceptation, not so much to express amusement, as occupation for the mind.
"I likes evening school, 'tis such a pastime; but there's a passel of chaps that comes and ddant want to learn naun themselves, and wunt let any one else."
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