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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.
Spartacles. [An invariable corruption of Spectacles.]
Spat. A slap or blow.
Spats, m. Leather gaiters reaching above the knee.
Spattledashes, m. Short leather gaiters not reaching much above the ankle.
Spear, m. The sting of a bee.
A bee is always said to bite in Sussex.
Spear. To sprout up out of the ground.
"Soonsever the peas begins to spear, the meece and the sparrs gets holt an' em."
Spelts. Iron toes and heels for boots.
Spenes. [Spana, Ang. Sax.] The teats of a cow.
Spene. The prong of a pitchfork.
Spet. Spit.
"The old cat set there, and there she set, and spet and soor and went on all the whole time."
Spice. [Espece, French.] A slight attack of illness.
"I had a spice of the ague last week, and I doant want no more of him, for all that they says "tis worse not to have him than 'tis to!' "
Spile, w. A spigot.
Spilt. [Spillan, Ang. Sax., to spoil.] Spoiled.
"She shod the milk all over her, and spilt her new frock."
Spilwood. Refuse of wood; wood spilt (or spoilt) by the
sawyers. Spinney. A thicket; a small plantation.
Spit, m. As much earth as can be taken up at once with a spade.
Spit-deep, m. As deep as a spade goes in digging.
Splash, m. To bank up a hedge.
Splash, e; or Splisher, m. To lay a live hedge.
Spong, e. To cobble; to work in a rough clumsy way with a needle.
Sprackish, w. Smart and active.
Spray-wood. Fagots of brushwood used in the ovens.
Spread-bat, e. A wooden bar, used to keep the chains apart from rubbing the horses' legs and sides when drawing a plough or harrow.
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