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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.
Solly, e. A tottering or unstable condition.
"That cart-lodge of Mus' Dicksey's is all of a solly; t'wunt least but a very little while longer afore it comes down."
Some-one-time, m. Now and then; occasionally.
"Some-one-time I goos across to the Chequers, but ddant make no rule of it."
Somewhen. At some time.
Sookland, e. A name in the manor of Wadhurst for assart-land.
Soor, m. An exclamation expressive of surprise.
Soor. [Corruption of Swore.]
"When I told him that the calves was got into the green­house, he jumped up and soor that dreadful that I was all of a shake."
Sops-and-ale. A curious custom formerly prevalent at East­bourne, which has fallen into disuse in the present century. The senior bachelor of the parish was elected by the inhabi­tants to the office of steward, and had committed to his charge a damask napkin, a great wooden bowl, twelve wooden trenchers, a dozen wooden knives and forks, two wooden candlesticks, and two wooden sugar basins.
Whenever a matron within the parish increased her family, it was the duty of this official to go to the church door on the Sunday fortnight after the interesting event, and there publicly proclaim that sops and ale would be provided that evening at a certain house agreed upon, where the following arrangements were made.
Three tables were placed in some convenient room, one of which was covered with the damask table cover and furnished with a china bowl, plates, and silver-handled knives and forks; the bowl was filled with biscuits steeped in wine and sweetened with fine sugar. The second table was also covered with a cloth and decently provided with knives, forks and china, and a bowl containing beer-sops sweetened with fine sugar. The third table had no cloth, was furnished with the wooden trenchers, candle­sticks, &c, and had its wooden bowl filled with beer-sops sweetened with the coarsest sugar. After evening prayers the company assembled at the house of their entertainer, and were placed in the following order:—Those persons whose wives had presented them with twins sat at the first table, and were addressed as "benchers;" those whose partners had blessed them in a less degree were ranged round the second table; while those who were married but w 2
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