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

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124                     A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
second is the only ordinal number of French derivation;
before the thirteenth century it was unknown, and other
was used instead of it.
Archceologia Cantiana, vol. ix. (Pegge's Kenticisms.J ,
Totty-land, e. [Totian, Ang. Sax., to elevate.] High-land, frequently on a side hill; used at Hastings.
Tovet, e. [Two fats; a fat, or vat, is a peck.] A measure of half-a-bushel. (See Tavort.)
To-year, w. This year, as to-day is this day.
Track. A pathway across a field.
Trade. Anything to carry; such as a bag, a dinner basket, tools
or shop-goods.
"He's a man as has always got such a lot of trade along
with him." Trade, e. Household goods; lumber.
Trades. [Treads.] The ruts in a road.
"You will never get your carriage down that laine, for it can't take the trades," i.e., it cannot run in the ruts.
Train, m. To boil down fat for lard.
Tramp, e. Gin and water.
Trape. To trail; to drag along the ground. " Her gown trapes along the floor."
Trapes-about. To run about in an untidy, slovenly manner; to allow the dress to trail on the ground.
A Sussex maid describing to another servant how her mistress went to Court, said, "And as soon as ever they sees the Queen they lets their dress-tails trapes, because it aint manners to hold 'em up."
Traverse, or Travase. The place adjoining a blacksmith's shop where horses are shod.
Mr. Turner had an adventure in a traverse, which he thus records in his diary:—"1758. Sept. 27. In the morn my brother and self set out for Eastbourne. We dined on a shoulder of lamb, roasted, with onion sauce—my family at home dining on a sheep's head, lights, &c, boiled. We came home about 10 p.m., but not sober. Being very drunk, my horse took the wrong way, and ran into a travase with me and beat me off."
From this it would appear as if Mr. Turner had enter­tained his horse as liberally as himself!
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