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

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88                       A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Platty, e. Uneven; usually said of a crop.
To say that "apples are very platty this year" would mean
that there is a quantity in some places and none at all in
others. Plaw, e. A small wood; a plantation.
Plog.* To clog or hinder.
Pluck, e. The lungs, liver and heart of a sheep or lamb.
Plum-heavy. A small round cake made of pie-crust, with raisins or currants in it.
Dr. J. C. Sanger, of Seaford, when Government Surgeon at the Cape of Good Hope, was sent for to see an English settler. Reaching the bouse at tea-time, he joined the family at their meal, and on sitting down to the table he said, "You come from Sussex." " Yes," was the answer, "from Horse-mouncies (Hurstmonceux), but how did you know that ?" "Because you have got plum-heavies for tea," said the doctor, " which I never saw but when I have been visiting in Sussex."
Poach, m. [Pocher, French, to thrust; poke.] To tread the ground into holes, as cattle do in wet weather.
"Mus' Martin's calves got into our garden last night; there was fowerteen 'an 'em, and they've poached the lawn about middlin' I can tell ye! Master will be mad!"
The word poacher evidently has the same derivation; the sportsman regards his game as his own, but the poacher intrudes, or pokes into the property of another, as explained in Cotgrave.
People frequently talk of poached eggs, as if they had been stolen, instead of delicately cooked (as they ought to be) in poches or bags of wire or muslin.
Poad-milk, e. The first milk given by cows after calving.
Pod. The body of a cart.
Pointing-stethe, w. A small anvil, or stithy.
Poison-berry, w. Black bryony. Tamus communis.
Poke, w. [Pocca, Ang. Sax., a pouch.] A long sack.
"To buy a pig in a poke" means to buy it in the sack and so to take a thing for granted without proper enquiry.
Pole-puller. The man whose business it is to pull the hop-poles out of the ground and lay them down for the pickers.
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