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

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90                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Powdering-tub, m. A tub for salting meat.
" From the powdering tub of infamy, Fetch forth the lazar kite of Cressid's kind."
King Henry V., Act ii. sc. I.
Pratt, w. The bar of a plough to which the traces are
fastened. Prayers-going, e. Service in church.
" We only have prayers-going once on a Sunday at our
church."
Praying-book, e. The Prayer Book.
Prensley, m. [Corruption of Presently.]
Primed. Half tipsy; overcharged with drink and ready to explode into any kind of mischief.
Print-moonlight, e. Very clear moonlight.
" He must have been primed to fall into the pond such a night as that was, for t'was print-moonlight."
Prog. A linch-pin.
Prong, m. A hayfork with two speens.
Proper. Thorough.
"He's a proper old rogue!"
Pucker. A fuss. Over-anxiety, with a little touch of ill-temper.
Puckered-up, m. Shrivelled up with cold.
Puckets.* Nests of caterpillars.
Pudding-cake. A composition of flour and water boiled; differing from a hard dick in shape only, being flat instead of round.
Pug. A kind of loam.
Pull. To summon before the magistrates.
Pumple-footed. Club-footed.
Purty. [Corruption of Pretty.]
Purvension. Responsibility.
"It is none of my purvension" means "I am not answer­able for it."
Putt-in. To bury.
" Master Hackleford is a man I always respacted, and if I knowed when he was a-going to be putt-in, I'd goo for sartin."
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