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

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A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.                       99
Scaddle, m. [Scaethig, Ang. Sax., hurtful.] Wild; mischievous; thievish. The Anglo-Saxon word sceatha has the same double meaning (i) a robber; thief; (2) an adversary.
Applied to a truant boy, or a cow which breaks through hedges, or a cat which steals.
Scade. Harm; mischief.
Scaly, w. Inclined to steal.
Scamble, w. To make a confusion of anything.
"The scambling and unquiet time Did push it out of further question."
King Henry V., Act i. sc. I.
Scar, e. [Possibly connected with Icel., skdr, open, exposed.] Exposed to.
"Our house lays quite scar to the sea."
Scarcey, m. Scarce. Also used in Kent.
Scoring-axe. An axe used to chip round the stem of a tree, previous to falling (i.e., felling it).
Sconce. [Schans, Dutch, a sconce.] A socket fixed in a wall for holding a candle.
Scorse. To exchange. Like scrunch for crunch, this word is corruption of the Old English word corse, which means to barter, exchange, &c.
" This cat el he got with okering, And spent al his lif in corsing."
i.e., "This cattle he acquired by usury, and led all his life in bargaining."                                               Old Metrical Homilies.
Spenser also uses the word,
"And therein sat an old old man, half blind, And all decrepit in his feeble corse, Yet lively vigour rested in his mind, And recompenst them with a better scorse; Weak body well is changed for minds redoubled forse."
The Faerie Queene, Book II., Cant. ix. 55.
The following instance will illustrate the modern use of the word,
A gipsy boy, with whom I was on friendly terms, used to travel about this part of the country selling trumpery brooches and ornaments. As he was one day exhibiting the contents of his basket, I was surprised to see half-a-dozen onions loose among the jewelry. " What," I said, "do you sell onions, too?" "No, sir," he replied, "but I scorsed away a pair of diamond ear-rings for these few onions, with a lady down at the cottage yonder."
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