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

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86                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Pell, e. To wash away the ground by the force of water.
Pen, m. A stall for a horse in a stable.
Pennock. A little bridge over a water-course; a brick or wooden tunnel under a road to carry off the water.
Penny-rattle, w Yellow rattle. R. crista Galli.
Percer, w. [Perfer, French.] A piercer; a punch used by blacksmiths.
Perk-up. To toss the head disdainfully.
"Verily I swear, 'tis better to be lowly bom, And range with humble livers in content, Than to be perked-up in a glittering grief, And wear a golden sorrow."
King Henry VIII., Act ii. sc. 3.
Perramble. [Corruption of Preamble.]
"He set to and punched into him without any perramble whatsumdever."
Pest. A common ejaculation.
"What the pest has become of the watering pot?"
Pet, m. [Pett, Ang. Sax.] A pit.
Pettigues, e. Troubles; vexation.
"She's not one as would tell her pettigues to everyone, but she's had as many as most for all that."
Peter-grievous, m. [Petit-grief, French, little grief.] Fretful; whining.
"What a peter-grievous child you are! Whatever is the matter?"
Pharisees. Great uncertainty exists in Sussex as to the definition of this word according to its acceptation in the minds of country people, who always connect it with fairieses (their plural of fairy).
A Sussex man was once asked, "What is a pharisee?" and answered, with much deliberation and confidence, "A little creature rather bigger than a squirrel, and not quite so large as a fox," and I believe he expressed a general opinion.
Since writing the above, I find that polecats are called varies in Devonshire; so that possibly the person who gave this answer had been brought in contact with some west-country folk and had heard the word from them. It is not Sussex.
Picked, or Piked, w. Pointed.
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