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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.
Wippance, w. The bar on which the traces of a horse are hooked, and by which he draws his load. Also called whippel tree, or Whipple tree.
Wippen. Same as wippance.
Wish. [Wesc, Ang. Sax., a washing.] A damp meadow; a marsh, or low land in a nook formed by the bend of a river or stream, and liable to be flooded.
Withy. The willow. Salix, various species.
Wratch, or Ratch, e. [Hroecan, Ang. Sax., to reach; extend to.] To stretch.
Wrist, or Rise. The moveable wing of a turn-wrist plough. Wrockled, e. Wrinkled. Wuts. [Corruption of Oats.]
Yaffle, e. The green woodpecker.
Yanger, e. [Corruption of Yonder.]
"I see an old yaffle in de 'ood yanger."
Yape, e. To gossip.
Yar. Aghast; frightened.
Yarbs, w. Herbs.
An old man in East Sussex said that many people set much store by the doctors, but for his part, he was one for the yarbs, and Paul Podgam was what he went by. It was not for some time that it was discovered that by Paul Podgam he meant the polypodium fern.
Yeasty, m. [Ang. Sa.x.,j>st, a storm.] Gusty; stormy.
"A little rain would do us good, but we doant want it too
oudacious yeasty."
"Though the yesty waves Confound and swallow navigation up."
Macbeth, Act iv. sc. I. Yat, m. A gate.
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