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

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110                   A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
childless, were placed with the old bachelors at the third table. Various toasts were given, and the company always broke up at the temperate hour of eight, " generally very cheerful and good tempered."
Sussex Archceological Collections, vol. xiii. p. 228.
Soss-about, e. To mix different things together; generally applied to liquids.
"To soss" in the North means to go about in the dirt. Sossel. To make a slop.
Sow. A word used among the old Sussex iron-workers for a weight of 2,000-lbs.
Sow-cat, m. A female cat.
Sow-waps. The queen wasp.
In some parts of the county a reward of sixpence is offered for each sow-waps killed in the spring.
Space. A measurement of three feet. Spaces and rods are almost the only terms of measurement I have ever heard used by country people.
Space. To measure ground.
Spalt, e. [Connected with the Dutch spalten, to split.] Split; brittle; decayed. Applied to timber.
Spalter, w. To split or chip off.
Spannel, m. To make dirty foot marks about a floor, as a spaniel dog does.
"I goos into the kitchen and I says to my mistus, I says ('twas of a Saddaday), the old sow's hem ornary, I says. Well, says she, there aint no call for you to come spanneling about my clean kitchen any more for that, she says; so I goos out and didn't say naun, for you can't never make no sense of women-folks of a Saddaday."
Shakespeare uses the word in the sense of dogging the
steps,
" The hearts that spaniel'd me at heels."
Anthony and Cleopatra, Act iv. sc. IO.
Spanner, w. A wrencher; a nut-screw.
Span-new. Quite new.
Spar. [Spe're, Ang. Sax., a spear.] A stick pointed at each end, and doubled and twisted in the middle; used by thatchers to secure the straw on the roof of a stack or building.
Sparr. [Corruption of Sparrow, as Barr for Barrow.]
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