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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.                   101
Season, m. Ground in good condition.
See. Used always as the perfect for saw.
"I never see such larmentable poor ground as this here. I've been diggin' it over to get a season to plant a little onion seed, but I shan't make naun an't."
Seed-cord.* [Connected with the Dutch word korf, a basket.] A wooden vessel in which the sower carries the seed.
Seed-lip, m. [Sccd-leap, Ang. Sax.] A basket for seed; a seed-cord.
Seedsman, m. The foreman of the farm, whose business it is to sow.
Sen. Since.
The Sussex word is the older form, and is traced to the Ang. Sax. siththan, which became sin, sen, or sithen, from the last of which was formed sithens, whence since.
"I haven't been over to Selmeston not sen I was seeds­man at Mus Allwork's. Ah! he was a set sort of a man, he was, and no mistake."
Sessions. A great deal of business; a fuss.
"There's always such sessions over lighting up the church in winter time."
Set. Obstinate; self-willed; determined.
Set-out. A disturbance.
"There's been a pretty set-out up at the forge."
Settle. [Setl, Ang. Sax., a seat.] A wooden seat with a back and arms.
"He fell down off the settle and scrazed his nose and made as much set-out as though he'd been killed."
Severals, m. Portions of common assigned for a term to a particular proprietor; the other commoners waiving for a time their right of common over them.
" My lips are no common, though several they be."
Love's Labour Lost, Act ii. sc. I.
Ayscough gives the following note on this passage:— "This word (several), which is provincial, means those fields which are alternately sown with corn, and during that time are kept several or severed from the field which lies fallow and is appropriated to the grazing of cattle, not by a fence, but by the care of the cowherd or shepherd, and in which the town bull only is allowed to range unmolested."
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