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

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126                    A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect.
Turn-wrist Plough. [Pronounced turn-rice, and sometimes so spelt in inventories.] A plough with a moveable mould-board, which turns up the second furrow on to the first.
Tushes, tf*. Tusks; long teeth.
" O, be advised! thou know'st not what it is With javelins point a churlish swine to gore, Whose tushes never sheathed he whetteth still, Like to a mortal butcher, bent to kill."
Shakespeare. Venus and Adonis.
Tussick, m. A tuft of rank grass.
Tween-sticks, w. Sticks which are used to keep horses' heads apart when working two abreast.
Twelve-monthing. A yearling calf.
Twit. To taunt; to tease.
"And twit with cowardice a man half-dead."
Henry VI., Act iii. sc. 2.
Twitten, w. A narrow path between two walls or hedges.
Two, e. To be at two is to quarrel.
Twort, e. [For thwart, a corruption of the Ang. Sax. thweor, perverse; froward.] Pert and saucy.
"She's terrible twort—she wants a good setting down she do; and she'll get it too. Wait till my master comes in!"
Tye, m. A common; a large open field.
Unaccountable'. A very favourite adjective which does duty on all occasions in Sussex. A countryman will scarcely speak three sentences without dragging in this word.
A friend of mine who had been remonstrating with one of his parishioners for abusing the parish clerk beyond the bounds of neighbourly expression, received the following answer:—"You be quite right, sir; you be quite right. I'd no ought to have said what I did, but I doant mind telling you to your head what I've said a-many times behind your back—We've got a good shepherd, I says, an axcellent shepherd, but he's got an unaccountable bad dog!"
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