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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.
Abuseful, m. Abusive.
Abusefully, m. In an abusive manner.
"As my missus was a-going home a Saddaday night, she met Master Chawbery a-coming out of the Red Lion, and he treated her most abusefully, and threw abroad all her shop-goods. He's a man as aint no account at all aint Master Chawbery."
Account. Esteem; reputation.
" The Princes both make high account of you."
Richard III., Act iii. sc. 2.
Ache, e. To tire. "I am afraid you'll ache waiting so long." To long for anything. " Nancy just will be pleased, she has ached after a dole I don't know the time when."
Adin. [Corruption of Within.]
The initial w is mostly omitted in Sussex; and th is always pronounced as d; thus, the wood becomes de 'ood; and within idin or adin.
Adle. [Ang. Sax., ddl.] Pronounced ardle. Stupid. "He's an adle-headed fellow."
Adle, e. Slightly unwell.
"My little girl seemed rather adle this morning, so I kep' her at home from school."
Adone. [Have done.] Leave off.
I am told on good authority that when a Sussex damsel says "Oh! do adone," she means you to go on; but when slie says " Adone-do," you must leave off immediately.
Adry. Thirsty.
Afeard. [Afdered, Ang. Sax.] Afraid.
"Hal, art thou not horribly affeared ? "
I Henry IV., Act ii. sc. 4. Agarves, m. May berries.
Agin. [Agen, Ang. Sax.] Near to; against.
"He lived up agin the Church, and died about forty yeere agoo."
Agoo. Ago.
Agreeable. Acquiescent; consenting.
"They asked me if I'd come in and have a cup o' tea, and I was quite agreeable;" meaning that he accepted the invitation.
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