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

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112                   A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Sprog.* A linch-pin.
Sprong, e; or Spronk, m. The roots of a tree or a tooth.
Spronky, m. Full of roots.
"Ah! I guv'old Mus'Tweazer the biggest job o' tooth-pulling ever he had! It took him purty nigh two hours! and he said he'd never seen such a tooth all his days, to goo so fur down nor yet to be so spronky."
Sprug, e. To smarten.
Spry, e. Gay; cheerful.
A word frequently used in America, meaning "in good health."
Spud. A light garden tool with a long handle, for cutting up weeds.
Spuddle, m. To use a spud.
"I be gettin' in years and can't do no more than just doddle about the ground and spuddle up a few weeds."
Squab. A young unfledged bird.
Squackett, m. To quack like a duck.
"I thought Mus' Reynolds was about last night, the ducks kep all on squacketting so."
Squat, w. To indent or bruise anything by letting it fall.
Squat-bat, e. A piece of wood used for stopping a wheel while the horses are at rest on a hilly road.
Squatty, w. Said of meal that has fermented.
Squench, m. [Corruption of Quench.]
Squinney. To squint; to pry about.
Squirm. To wriggle like an eel.
Stab. A small hole in the ground in which the rabbit secures her young litter.
Stabble, e. To make a floor dirty by walking on it in wet or muddy shoes.
Stade, e. [Stede, Ang. Sax.] A shore where ships can be beached ; a landing place.
Stalder. [Stce/an, Ang. Sax., to place.] The stool on which casks are placed in a cellar.
Stallage, m. (Same as Stalder.)
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